WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – Whiteville City Council voted Tuesday to spend up to $315,000 to pick up the pace of picking up debris left from the winter storm that ravaged the area nearly two months ago.
City staff told council the storm generated an estimated 4,328 tons of debris, and more half of that is thought to still be along the city's roads.
Whiteville's public works crews have been supplementing pick-up efforts by Waste Management, which has a regular contract to retrieve curbside leaves and limbs two days a week.
But Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann explained city workers can't dedicate much time to the debris efforts because of their normal duties.
"The trash on the streets is important, but the function of the water and sewer lines is certainly more important," Mann said.
City Manager Larry Faison explained there is a good chance the state will reimburse much of the city's cost of picking up the remaining debris.
Faison said he met with officials at the N.C. Department of Public Safety about the possibility of Gov. Pat McCrory issuing a type-one disaster declaration. If approved, the state would pick up 75% of the city's cleanup bill.
City staff is expected to review bids from potential contractors after Easter.
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