Tangipahoa Parish Council sets tentative pickup for Hurricane Gustav debris

Parish President Gordon Burgess told Parish Council Members during Monday night's council meeting that hurricane debris pickup could begin Friday, September 12 or Monday, September 15 in Tangipahoa Parish. During Monday night's September 8 council meeting members voted unanimously to give Burgess the power to sign emergency contracts for a contractor to pick up debris and for a person to monitor the contractor for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Proposals for debris removal were sent out six months ago and the parish received five bids for pickup and two bids for monitoring," Burgess said.

Monday night Burgess told council members that he will review the contracts with FEMA and make sure they meet agency requirements. "Once the contract is signed, the contractor will hire subcontractors to make two or three passes throughout the parish disposing of downed trees, limbs and other storm debris," Burgess added.

During Monday's meeting the council unanimously agreed to give Burgess the authority to sign agreements with municipalities that want to join the parish's contract instead of having separate debris contracts. "Amite is the only municipality that has not asked to be on the parish's contract," Burgess told council members.

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