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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The cost to clean up debris from last month’s ice storm will cost the City of Wilmington more than twice as much as expected.

According to a news release, the city has doubled its estimate of how much debris needs to be picked up. The city now guesses there’s about 100,000 cubic yards of downed trees, broken limbs, etc. The city says crews have already picked up more than the original estimate of 50,000 cubic yards with nearly half the city still left to clean up.

City staff blames backyards for the increase. They say original estimates did not include debris from backyards they could not see at first and that many residents are clearing out their backyards as they pick up from the storms.

The city says its contractor is extending its hours and bringing in more crews with larger equipment, but that all comes at a price. The additional debris removal will cost an estimated $800,000. That would bring the city’s total cost to $1.4 million. City Council will consider a resolution to approve the extra money at its meeting March 18. The money would come from the city’s emergency funds set aside in each year’s budget.

The city still expects crews to finish picking up the debris by the first week of April.

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12 Comments on "City forgot debris in backyards after ice storms; clean-up will cost twice as much"

taxpayer II
2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t want to hear a single word from our city leaders about this
cleanups cost. They can find money to study all of their pet projects, like the minor league team and other complete wastes of the
taxpayers money, but heaven forbid, we have a storm and have to pay for the cleanup.

2015 years 10 months ago

1.4 million really? to someone outa state really? what happened to buying local supporting your community something smells here. its almost as good as the 80.000 dollors spent to fix a few LIGHTS on the fountain

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 10 months ago

“I don’t want to hear a single word from our city leaders about this
cleanups cost.” (Unquote)
You won’t, your future taxes have it covered. You won’t hear a word from Saffo and Company until someone wants to mess with hotel plans for the Taj Mahal. I mean the Convention Off Center.

2015 years 10 months ago

You would think with all hurricanes, someone would know how to figure this.

2015 years 10 months ago

They don’t forget about backyards when assessing property taxes.

2015 years 10 months ago

Knocked that one out of the park!

Wilmington’s Teflon Don has some real geniuses working for him doesn’t he?

2015 years 10 months ago

This is amazing that they would even be in this situation. Since there has not been a hurricane last year that warranted for cleanup you would think that there should have been a surplus int he clean up budget. That would result in being able to take care of the clean up from this storm with no problem. This would be like me saying, oh wait my washer and dryer broke so I dont know if I will pay my property tax.

2015 years 10 months ago

our former County Manager added church property to the tax rolls. When it was discovered and the budget needed revisions…he was rewarded with a pay raise.

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 10 months ago

…will come the “Side Yards”!!!

Robert Misenheimer
2015 years 10 months ago

what is costing so much is the cleanup of debris from people pruning or cutting down their trees and bushes to take advantage of the FREE cleanup. Look at the city GOLF COURSE all those trees were not dammaged in the storm but the city – county is paying for ti non the less. My neighbor cut all the mature pines out of his yard and the cleanup just took it without a question. WASTE AND GREED is our way of life now.

beach guy
2015 years 10 months ago

look there may have been a mistake made in the amount of debris or it could be residents dog piling on the rabbit so to speak with the free haul away of all their vegetative matter but no matter what at a $1.75 a cubic yard that is really good price. considering most haling companies must charge the thirty dollars a pick up truckload to dump it then add the gas and labor.
I say kudos to the city on this one they could have made the decision not to do anything it was within their legal right to do so. Then everyone would have to pay extra to get it hauled away.

2015 years 10 months ago

Open burning. For a week after the storm. Ground was still wet. Perfectly safe.
I wouldn’t recommend it in a drought situation naturally but after the last storm? C’mon – let us burn it. It would heat up our stills, mask the smell of drying out (or smoking) our home grown weed, or cover up the smell of our meth labs.

Sounds like a win win for us……



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