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Cape Girardeau contracts out storm cleanup

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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The City of Cape Girardeau announced this afternoon that it has contracted out services for the pickup of limbs knocked down by this month's large ice storm.

Pick up will now take place in zones.

The information below is lifted straight from the city's news release, sent our earlier today:

The City of Cape Girardeau Public Works Department has announced a new debris pick-up plan for the collection of the extremely damaged trees and tree limbs caused by the winter storms that recently moved through our area. The City has entered into a contract with Mariott Logging from Brookfield, Missouri for collection of the debris. After a review of the massive amount of debris that was generated by these storms, it was determined that Mariott Logging, with their specialized equipment has the ability to cover areas and pick-up at much quicker pace with completion being much sooner than originally anticipated. The City has been divided into nine (9) zones identified by letters A through I. The contractor began work today in zone A and will work the zones in alphabetical order; it is anticipated that they will complete one pass through the entire city in about 10 days. Residents may refer to the map provided to identify their particular zone. The contractor will collect all debris that has been placed at the curb for collection by City of Cape Girardeau Residents. Residents also continue to have an additional option for storm damaged limb and tree disposal. The City of Cape Girardeau Compost Holding Area, located at 453 Cooper Street is open and City residents make take their debris to this location Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily free of charge until further notice. This option is open to City of Cape Girardeau residents only. The Transfer Station is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice for commercial businesses, Non-City of Cape Girardeau residents and contractors/individuals hired to remove limbs. Normal charges will apply. Please use detour from South Kingshighway.

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How much will the city pay for this contract?

-- Posted by conservababe on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 4:05 PM

I think it should also be stressed that residents must have the limbs at the curb. I can't get over how many trees/limbs, etc. are still just sitting in yards and properties, as if they're going to move themselves!

-- Posted by lovebooks on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 4:42 PM

Very good question Babe.I think it is a good decision.My guess is that it will be done in a timely manner and professionally.They have

the proper equipment.I respect my City workers but they could not get the job done

properly and fast enough.

Lovebooks makes a good point also.

Folks need to get off their rears and get this debris picked up and put on the roadside

or curb.I have noticed a lot of rental properties need to get on the ball.I had

to hire a buddy to come by with his chain saw and spend an hour just getting most of it out of the trees.I worked my butt off hauling it from back to front yard.So,if I had to do it so must everyone else!!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 5:01 PM


Aren't you even a bit curious as to the cost of this outside contract? I am. I hope this paper will include this in their next article if the reporterette can remember to ask.

-- Posted by conservababe on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 8:41 PM

I for one am glad the city is contracting out this service. The contract should help free up the city workers to focus on other needs around town, like filling pot holes. Once you take into consideration the cost of labor, overtime, disposal and the wear and tear on the equipment, I think the city was wise to let the professionals do it.

My only question is what is the city going to do about all the debris on public land. Go around any park, heavily wooded area or just look along some roads or empty areas of land and you'll see trees that haven't been touched yet and are still laying around.

-- Posted by cubbytodd on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 9:56 AM

It has already been posted how much the contractors are earning. The city is only going to do this for a certain amount of time. Those residents who are not effectively working to get these limbs out to the curb by time the contractors are done (which by the way will be 3/7/08, then one more run through 3/10 and 3/11) it will be the residents responsibility to have them removed. The city can only do so much to help, then it will be your job to do it yourselves.

-- Posted by go_city on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 2:44 PM

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