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Disaster recovery and debris removal workshop for contractors set

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 10:31 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 12:33 AM
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Area contractors who want to work with AshBritt Environmental and Leidos on Augusta’s disaster recovery and debris removal effort can sign up at a Friday workshop.

The two firms were hired by the Augusta Commission under an emergency procurement contract Monday to oversee the recovery and debris removal effort.

Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell estimated city and several contracted crews have already removed nearly 100,000 cubic yards of debris to staging areas that are starting to fill up, but much more work remains to be done.

The firms were two of several, Cassell said, to approach the city in the aftermath of the recent ice storm, which did widespread damage to trees and power lines.

Augusta lacked a prepositioned contract for debris removal and hired AshBritt and Leidos on a unit cost contract per cubic yard, tree, hour of grinding and other services, Cassell said.

Officials estimated Monday the job will cost $8.6 million based on the amount of work left to do, with the “possible reimbursement scenario” of receiving all but $1.3 million back for the relief effort from the federal and state governments.

Contractors who want to join the effort can attend the workshop, Cassell said.

The workshop will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

Contractors should bring a copy of their insurance, worker’s compensation forms and a W-9 tax statement,
according to Mie Lucas, the disaster preparedness coordinator for Richmond County.

Anyone with questions can call Augusta Procurement at (706) 821-2422.


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