$1.48 million is approved by the City Council to pay the balance of cleaning up after last October's snow storm. The Forestry Department needed some outside help in clearing downed trees, branches and hanging tree limbs so a contractor from the state bid list was hired.
More than 102,000 cubic yards of debris, 3,000 tree limbs and 49 trees was collected. Original clean up estimates were for 40,000 cubic yards of debris, but Civil Preparedness Director Paul Estefan said that didn't take in to account hanging tree limbs that posed a threat to the public.
City Councilman Donald Taylor questioned how the debris was measured. Taylor says every truck has a set weight so if a scale is used to determine gross weight, they would know exactly how many pounds came into the facility.
In the review of the tree hangars and leaner's on the documents provided by the monitoring firm, the City found that some GPS locations monitors put down were not accurate and FEMA disallowed about $25,000 in charges to the City.
The rest of the funds the city owes will come from FEMA reimbursements to the Special Revenue Fund.