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Wilmington City Council to consider $800k for debris removal

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington City Council could soon put a price tag of sorts on last week's ice storm.

At its meeting tomorrow night, City Council will consider spending $800,000 from its saving account to pay a contractor to pick up debris. A city spokeswoman says the work would go to an Alabama company that was previously selected through a competitive bid process to activate pick-up operations here.

Extra city crews have been working to clear debris since last week. Public Services Director Richard King told City Council at its agenda briefing this morning that, even with the extra crews working, only about 1,200 cubic yards of an estimated 50,000 cubic yards from the storm have been picked up so far.

The city estimates hiring the contractor would get the debris picked up in five or six weeks. That's compared to an estimated 17 weeks if only city crews, who would be pulled off of their regular duties, are used.

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