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Contractors help Wilmington with Irene clean-up

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The crew contracted by the City of Wilmington started removing debris from Hurricane Irene today.

Because of the large volume of debris, the city has decided to activate its storm debris pick-up contract. That means crews from a Florida-based company giving an extra hand to city workers to help clean up wilmington for the next couple weeks.

"They're out on the streets today, and that is no less than 12 additional crews working ten hour days six days per week, and they're focusing throughout the city, but particularly on areas that had not yet received pick-up service last week," city spokesman Dylan Lee said.

The crews will stay on the job for the city until all of the debris has been picked up off the streets.

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Debris removal. Why not a local company?

Why is the City contracting with a company out of Florida? I'm sure there are local businesses that can remove vegatative debris with no problem. Since the economy is not exactly rolling along it seems to only make sense that the city leaders would want to keep money local instead of sending it to Florida.

(I'm not a Wilmington resident, just a curious local.)

Likely two words

Low bid

debris

Because Commissioner Jason Thompson and his company, Diversified Biomass don't have the trucks to do the job. I'll bet they will get the contract to accept the lion's share of the debris!!!

Because

They had the lowest bid.