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Public Works & Assets Newsroom

Private Contractors Begin Collecting Debris Saturday

Tuesday March 31, 2009

Free debris dropoff sites open again this weekend

Private contractors have joined Louisville Metro Public Works crews in collecting storm debris from roadsides across the city.

Mayor Jerry Abramson has secured the agreement of FEMA officials to reimburse the city for using private contractors to help clear right-of-ways. Bids opened last Friday.

The city awarded collection contracts to two local companies -- Flynn Brothers Contracting and Danka Landscaping will collect in 29 debris collection grid areas. Private crews are mobilizing today and some will begin collection tomorrow morning.

Contracted areas are for unincorporated parts of the city, and city crews will continue to collect in the remaining areas.

“We’re grateful that our unions were cooperative in agreeing to split the workload,” said Public Works Director Ted Pullen. “Using private crews will help us clear streets more quickly and efficiently, and it’s a good deal for taxpayers.”

Small cities have two options for debris collection to ensure FEMA reimbursement. They may contract with a private collector and file for reimbursement directly through FEMA, or they may rely on Louisville Metro crews. FEMA regulations stipulate that small cities must handle private contracts and reimbursement paperwork to qualify for repayment.

Multiple agencies, including Public Works, Solid Waste Management, Metro Parks, MSD, and the Louisville Water Company, have dedicated crews of three to five workers each to curbside debris pickup. Currently, 24 crews are working throughout the city; crews are working 10-hour shifts, six days a week, with the option of working on Sundays.

Free Debris Dropoff Sites Open Again This Weekend

Public Works crews will again open three locations for storm debris dropoff this weekend.

The three free sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5:

· Hubbards Lane Public Works Facility, 595 Hubbards Lane

· Meriwether Public Works Facility, 600 Meriwether Ave.

· Behind the Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway

(enter off St. Andrews Church Drive)

The sites are open to private citizens only; no businesses or contractors. Residents may drop off tree debris only; building materials, such as shingles, fencing and siding, will not be accepted.