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Emergency meeting held on debris removal by county
San Jacinto News- Times - September 2008
COLDSPRING – Debris removal was the topic of an emergency meeting held by San Jacinto County Commissioners last Friday afternoon. As a result of the meeting, commissioners signed a contract with Kelvin Steely, owner of Steely Lumber Company, Huntsville, to remove debris from public road and rights-of-way within the county. Steely also has contracts with Walker and Liberty counties for debris removal, according to San Jacinto County Pct. 2 Commissioner Royce Wells. The State of Texas is to pick up 25 percent of the cost while the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is to pay 75 percent of the cost, Wells said. “There should be no cost to San Jacinto County,” Wells said. San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner said the Army Corps of Engineers is proposing $40 per cubic yard for removal of debris.
Although it hasn’t been determined how many cubic yards of debris is in San Jacinto County for removal, Wells said Tuesday that 3,000 cubic yards had been removed in the Shepherd area within two days. To help with FEMA debris removal guidelines, DTS, Inc., of Taylor, South Carolina, has partnered with Steely as a subcontractor, Wells said. As of Tuesday the county has one site location where tree and limb debris will be hauled. That site is in Shepherd. “The county is preparing to open another site in the Point Blank area,” Wells said. “Those are the areas that sustained the most damage.” County residents have until Sept. 27 to get their tree debris off their property and in the rights-of way, according to Wells. “There is no size limit,” Wells added. Once the tree debris is picked up it will be ground into mulch and sold with the county benefi ting from the sale of the mulch, Wells said.