Supervisors look at asking company to pick up additional debris in Eagle Lake

Published 5:15 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Warren County supervisors are considering amending the county’s contract with the Hernando company hired to collect flood debris in the Eagle Lake community.

The revised plan involves collecting additional debris placed on county rights of way and declaring an emergency to allow contractor Preferred Clean Out Service to collect debris on Sullivan’s Cove, which is a private street.

County purchasing agent Tonga Vincent estimated the extra cost at $28,000, increasing the present total cleanup cost to $61,825.

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The Board of Supervisors is expected to act on the increase and the emergency declaration when it meets Monday.

“Homeowners and private contractors are continuing to move the debris to the county right of way as more houses are being torn down and repaired,” Vincent said. “None of that additional debris can be formally identified as a particular house or address, it’s being spread all up and down the roads.”

She said the additional debris has been documented by the contractor and reviewed by Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer and his team.

“It’s much more debris than we intended in the original specs (specifications),” Vinson said.

She asked the supervisors if they wanted to amend the contract or follow the original contract. The $28,000 cost, she said, “Seems like a lot, but I think the bids were way low to start with.”

The supervisors, she said, could amend the contract and get the emergency declaration for Sullivan’s Cove and collect the debris or let the contractor complete the agreed work and rebid collecting the remaining debris.

District 2 Supervisor William Banks, who represents the Eagle Lake area, recommended amending the contract “and let them clean up everything right now.”

“If the debris doesn’t get picked up, we’re going to deal with it at some point,” Elfer said. “I my opinion, we just need to pick it up.”

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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