The first pass of debris cleanup is expected to be completed by sometime the week of Monday, Nov. 7, or possibly over the Nov. 5-6 weekend.
Palm Coast officials expect to finish the first pass of hurricane debris cleanup sometime this coming week, or possibly over the Nov. 5-6 weekend, Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon said at a Nov. 1 City Council meeting.
“It is amazing, the magnitude of this issue,” Landon said, noting that crews had already picked up about 2,500 truck loads of debris — or 23-25 swimming pools’ worth — not including Nov. 1. “Can we go any faster? The fact is it’s very difficult, because of the resources. You have to have the trucks; you have to have the people.”
Once city crews and contractors have finished their first sweep of the city, Landon said, they’ll start on a second pass to pick up more debris. There might also be a third pass, if officials decide one is needed.
“It will be sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas that hopefully we can be back to our regular schedule,” Landon said.
City officials expect that by the time the cleanup is finished, they will have cleared 100,000 to 150,000 cubic yards of debris, with debris cleanup bills totaling $2 million to $5 million. The city will be reimbursed for part of that by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Landon said, “but only if we follow their rules,” which the city is trying to do.
The City Council at the Nov. 1 meeting also unanimously approved a resolution approving a five-year contract with Waste Pro for garbage pickup that will raise residents’ rates to $20.16 per month, from a current $18.62 per month. The new contract will go into effect June 1, 2017.
The council also unanimously approved an ordinance amending the city’s landscaping code during that ordinance’s second and final reading.
The council also unanimously approved a $327,325 contract with S.E. Cline construction for reconstruction of a water control weir on the Barrister Waterway near the intersection of Barrington Drive and Ballard Lane; a $1,341,910 contract with Sieg Ambachtsheer, Inc. for the rehabilitation of the Colorado Drive Bridge, over the canal just east of the intersection of Colorado Drive and College Court; and an $83,750 contract with Sieg Ambachtsheer, Inc. for reinforcement of the Pine Lakes Parkway gravity wall, along the west side of Pine Lakes Parkway just south of its intersection with Palm Coast Parkway SW.