The citizens volunteer group that that put together a cleanup day to clean Sweetgum a short time back has coordinated another cleanup effort involving approximately 200 college students on Spring break thru Operation Blessing on March 13, 2018. It is the intent of this cleanup day effort to rake and bag the remaining debris left on the ROW thru out Bevil Oaks. Material that is too large to be bagged will be neatly stacked on the ROW for pick up by others soon thereafter. As one might expect, this operation will create a large amount of debris to be hauled away to a landfill and “tipping” fees or dump fees will be incurred for this cost, generally in the range of $5.00/cubic yard of material that is dumped.
Thru the continued efforts of Mayor Ford working with our County leaders, State Representatives, FEMA, as well as State agency’s responsible for cleanup operations from Harvey, she was able to get the attention of the Texas Department of Emergency Management regarding this issue who in turn contacted our County leaders and instructed them to have a meeting with us regarding our needs. This meeting was held on March 1, 2018. In this meeting, we learned that FEMA was making more funds available for cleanup operations, however, as always with FEMA, these actions are not easy (at least for us here in Bevil Oaks). The sticking point of this additional cleanup effort was going to be the actual cleanup effort (labor) involved to get the material cleanup into piles that could then be picked up by the County using their own equipment and trucks to haul this debris to a landfill.
When we shared with them the efforts of Operation Blessing coming on March 13, this sealed the deal! The county proposed an option called a STAR Request to have the State request TXDOT to perform the pickup of the debris that will be gathered by the Operation Blessing Event. At present, as far as we know, Bevil Oaks will be responsible for our 10% share of the tipping fees at the dump for however much debris is hauled there. At present, we do not know if the State will step in and pay our 10% again as they did in the first 3 rounds of the cleanup effort.
We have been told both by the County as well as the State (TDEM) that this is a unique situation or partnership between the private and the public sector on completing this cleanup project. At present, there are no other cities that are having another round of cleanup performed in our area. This work will be paid for with FEMA money coming thru the State to the County or to TX DOT. At present, we are not sure when the pickup for the piled and bagged debris will take place after March 13, only that it will happen….at least that’s what we are told at this time and have no reason to believe otherwise.
The same rules for eligible debris pick will remain the same as before: NO NEW CONTRUCTION DEBRIS WILL BE PICKED UP, no vegetative debris, no appliances, no flammable liquids, and no tires will be picked up. If new construction debris is mixed with flood debris, it will all be left behind. There will be monitors on the ground checking these piles to sign off on them before they are loaded into the trucks for haul off. FEMA is very adamant about this issue.
Whenever the agency that picks up the piles of bags & debris is thru with a street, they will not return to that street and anything left at the ROW will be the property owners responsibility to dispose of properly. Debris left on the ROW after this time will revert back to being a code enforcement issue and citations will be issued. Please be aware, at present, this is the last round of debris pick up related to Harvey that we can expect based on the information we have been given at this time. The County has been posting flyers out in the county areas that have flooded that they have until May 18 to remove debris from the ROW before they start taking enforcement actions.
While many of you might not be able to appreciate this opportunity for Bevil Oaks, again, it is thanks in no small part to the contribution of the private sector as well as the public sector and both are to be commended! If any of you have the opportunity, please thank Doug Mullins and his group of volunteers as well as Operation Blessing, Mayor Ford and Commissioner Eddie Arnold, for without this group, Bevil Oaks would remain a trashy and depressing site for some time to come.
If any additional information becomes available regarding this cleanup effort, we will share it with you via FB and the city’s website.
Look below for the entire flyer. Get ready for Saturday, May 19th!
With all that has happened in our little city, I know the 4th of July is far from our minds. However, this year with both the city and the church needing every penny to rebuild, the 4th feels like a no-go. However, recently Dee Booker of the church contacted Mayor Ford. They both agreed this is a wonderful time for the citizens and would be great to see this year. While we cannot go all out, we are looking for people to work and give donations so we can still have at least the following: parade, fireworks, and hotdogs. If you are interested in helping, contact either the church or city hall immediately.
Have you heard yet???? WE WON!!!!!!! With the 2018-2019 school year, we are now Hardin-Jefferson Hawks!!!!!!!
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