Almost 3,000 loads have been picked up.
Debris removers are working on a grid system throughout the city of Ormond Beach. The trucks began on the beachside working east-west, then north-south on intersecting streets. City officials estimated on Oct. 20 that it would take up to 20 days from that date to complete the first pass and perhaps longer in the hardest hit areas of the city. A second pass will then be conducted. A city spokeswoman said the city is aware that more material is being placed at the curb after the first pass.
The city’s contractors, DRC and Crowder Gulf, have a total of 21 trucks to collect debris collection from the rights-of-way.
The map of shows where a first pass has occurred as of Oct. 24 as indicated by red dots. Each dot does not represent a household, but rather an area where debris has been pushed into a pile and picked up.
The city’s Public Works Department continues to clear debris from roadways to ensure safe passage for both emergency and passenger vehicles.
Open burning of commercial waste, residential trash, garbage, lawn debris, clippings, trees or other debris on residential, commercial or industrial property is prohibited within the City. (Code of Ordinances Section 9.2)
For more information, contact the city Public Works Department at676-3220. For updates on debris collection, visit ormondbeach.org.
If citizens hire a contractor for tree removal services, the contractor is required to remove the debris from the property and properly dispose of it.
For private roads and gated communities, FEMA requires prior approval before agreeing to reimburse the community for the removal. It is estimated that the cost for picking up debris in the city’s 16 gated communities will be $636,207.14. FEMA pays 75% of the cost for debris pickup and the state adds 12%.
At the Oct 18 City Commission meeting, City Manager Joyce Shanahan asked the commissioners for the OK to go ahead and pick up the debris and negotiate with FEMA at a later date. She has already sent a letter to a federal coordinating officer.
“It’s a matter of health and safety for the residents,” she said.
The city will use funds from reserves and ask FEMA for reimbursement.
The commissioners voted unanimously to have the debris picked up.
“These are our citizens and tax payers and we need to take care of them,” said Commissioner Rick Boehm.
REGULAR WASTE PICKUP
Bagged yard waste (grass clippings and leaves) continues to be picked up by Waste Pro on Wednesdays throughout the city. Each bag cannot exceed 60 pounds.
For questions, call Waste Pro at 788-8890 or the city’s Public Works Department at 676-3220.
In order for construction materials to be collected, they must be separated from vegetative yard debris, according to a city spokeswoman If the materials are mixed, the entire pile will not be collected until the first pass of vegetative debris collection has been completed.
As the special trucks are collecting branches, etc., Waste Pro is collecting construction materials.
For the safety of all vehicles and for emergency vehicle access, residents are reminded that roads are not to be blocked with any type of debris and that the debris for collection must be kept on their property.
Root balls and stumps
“Root balls” and “stumps” will not be collected at the same time as logs or brush materials as they are handled differently for final disposal and must be collected separately, according to a press release from the city. Root balls and large stumps will be removed after all other storm debris has been removed.
Facts and figures
As of Monday, Oct.24, 2,977 loads of debris had been collected (138,645 cubic yards) in 15 days in Ormond Beach. Crews have also removed 84 leaning trees and 2,709 hanging limbs. For a comparison, Palm Coast had collected 52,020 cubic yards and Port Orange had collected 111,112 cubic yards as of Oct. 24.