Lee County Extends Contract for Debris Removal

March 13th, 2020     Community

Tupelo- The Lee County Board of Supervisors met on Friday morning despite multiple closing due to Corona virus threat. The meeting was business as usual. The only real exception being a vote to extend the contract for debris removal.

Jeremy Britton, the Vice President for Custom Tree Care, addressed board members to discuss efforts to clean up debris. North Mississippi has had several natural disasters over the past several months, which left a number of Lee County residence with storm debris. Britton said that the record rainfall has slowed the progress of pickup.

The dump site, which is located in northern Lee County has been a problem as well. The roads leading to, and the site itself, are muddy. These conditions have slowed the trucks from going in and out. Custom Tree Care has placed gravel on the site, but it has not helped.

Britton also said that the wet weather has kept property owners from clearing their yards and placing debris for pickup. “We have made it to 80% of the county with our first pass,” he told board members. He continued by saying crews have begun a second pass in some areas.

District 3 Supervisor Todd Jordan asked Britton why crews are making a second pass, if they haven’t visited some areas in the first place. Britton answered by saying that they are getting several complaints that these areas had even more debris.

Making Steps to Speed the Process

Britton said that the company is taking steps to make faster progress. A new truck has been brought in to help crews, and a second road to the dump site has been built. Britton said that with dryer weather, the process should move along more quickly.

Britton is asking Lee County residents to take care when placing debris out for pickup, saying it is important to make sure that all utilities are clear.

 

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