Tuesday, March 19, 2013

County suggestions on removing storm debris (be ready to pay)

Media release: Floyd County's limb and brush/storm debris pickup policy was altered several years ago due to budget cuts. There does not appear to be enough damage from the storm on Monday, March 18 to be eligible for state or federal assistance.
The County will clear the public rights of way directly after the storm in order to get roads open. After roads are cleared, property owners who live on a county road have several options to deal with their storm debris:
-they may, after placing their storm debris on their right of way, pay the county to haul it off of the right of way.
-they may pay a private contractor to haul it off their private property.
-or they may pile their debris and acquire a burn permit.
The County's limb and brush removal policy is one free 3 cubic yard (pickup truck) load every 90 days, and $100 for a 10 cubic yard (dump truck) or $150 for a 22 cubic yard load. The County does not pick up stumps.
To acquire a burn permit, parties should contact the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) prior to conducting the burn. GFC has an online permitting system at www.gatrees.org/OnlinePermits/. A burn permit may also be obtained by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN. Only vegetative debris, such as trees, brush, and stumps, resulting from storm damage should be burned.
Residents along SR101 (state right of way) have a couple of options; pay a private hauler or obtain a burn permit. The County does not pick up debris on state right of way. Do not put debris on state right of way. Residents can take debris to the Walker Mountain Landfill for a fee. For landfill hours and rates, please call 706-291-4512.
Additional information can be obtained by calling Floyd County Public Works at 706-236-2495

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