City debris removal could start this weekend

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town_tupelo_greenBy Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Tupelo company picked by the city to remove debris from last week’s tornado could begin this weekend collecting broken trees and other wreckage from neighborhoods and business areas.

Tupelo Chief Operations Officer Don Lewis said officials awarded local company Century Cons-truction the contract for debris removal, one of the most immediate tasks as the city proceeds with recovery from the EF-3 tornado. An estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris remains in the city and unincorporated Lee County.

The city selected Picayune-based Executive Recovery Group Inc. Wednesday as the project manager for Tupelo’s recovery from the natural disaster. This role will oversee all cleanup efforts in the city, ensuring compliance with strict requirements necessary for Tupelo to receive federal reimbursement for recovery expenses.

Tupelo-based Cook Coggin Engineers Executive Recovery Group will also assist in the disaster monitoring effort.

Century Construction will hold a 3 p.m. meeting today at City Hall for companies interested in winning subcontracts related to debris removal. Federal guidelines require the city’s recovery efforts reach out to women and minority-owned businesses.

Executive Recovery Group has already posted listings on Craigslist to hire individuals for debris monitoring. Workers can expect 12-hour days and an 84-hour week with earnings of more than $4,000 a month.

No details have been provided by the city for any contracts with the three companies, documents requested Thursday by the Daily Journal.

Lee County Board of Supervisors will meet today at 3 p.m. at a special meeting to select contractors for debris removal and monitoring for work in the county.

robbie.ward@journalinc.com