Trucks rented to assist Chickasaw County cleanup

By Chickasaw Journal

HOUSTON – The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors will rent two 18-wheelers to haul debris created by the April 27 tornadoes that swept the county.
On Thursday the board agreed to rent a truck from Dennis Washington and will hire a truck and driver for a truck owned by Glen Huggins, both local trucking companies.
“These two trucks will assist county employees in removing debris,” said Chickasaw County board President Jerry Hall. “We’re not moving slow on this, we just tried to do the right thing for community. This was the first time we have gone through a situation like this and we’re trying to get something done without spending a lot of money.”
Project manager Wes Lowe said Thursday the trucks would go to work as soon as the contracts are signed.
Supervisors met Tuesday, but took no action on re-letting bids for debris removal by independent contractors or renting trucks to assist with county cleanup. Some said more details need to be fleshed out.
Lowe estimated the county has already cleared about 20-25 percent of the debris left from the April 27 tornado. He pointed out a serious need for more trucks and a regular hauling schedule to speed up the process.
“It looks like we’re moving slow, but we’ve already moved about 2,000 tons off CR 406,” Lowe said Tuesday. “We’re getting there but we need more regularity so we can plan our week and hit this thing full force.”
The county has received assistance from other counties, has got rental costs for extra trucks, with and without drivers, for hauling. Purchasing clerk Tommie Morgan and Lowe worked with state auditors on legal issues for contracts and how rates of pay may be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“There are several options out there,” Lowe said. “It’s just trying to figure out which option is best.”

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