The News-Record

More than a dozen contractors gathered Wednesday as the city’s purchasing officer announced bids submitted for debris removal.

Randy Hinds received 15 proposals for the work — 14 of which exceeded $1 million in projected cost, based on what he said is only an estimate of the project size.

Contractors based their bid on 12,000 tons of hauling, removal of hanging limbs from 5,000 trees and the removal of 400 leaning trees ranging in size from 6 to 36 inches in diameter.

Estimated tonnage and tree counts served as quantifiers, according to city officials, but per-ton and per-tree charges will be what is scrutinized today.

Hinds, interim city manager Tim Wilson and city engineer Jerry Ruse will look at how contractors are equipped, note work experience, review reputation, financial strength and location as they move toward a recommendation to the Miami City Council.

Council members, in conjunction with the special utilities board, will hold an emergency meeting at noon Friday to review bids and consider any recommendations.

County to consider debris removal proposals today

The Ottawa County Commission will reconvene an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. today to review proposals for countywide retrieval of storm debris.

The three-member panel met in emergency session at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday and announced that they would seek proposals for a 24-hour hours — hoping to gather at least three before making a decision to award a contract today.

The commission will also hire an engineering firm to monitor cleanup, pursuant to guidelines set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Assistant District Attorney Ben Loring, citing authority issued by state statute 1501, waived the competitive bidding procedure to allow the county to move froward without requesting sealed bids for debris removal.

Commissioners Russell Earls, John Clarke and Kenneth Palmer collectively voiced their desire to establish the removal of debris from county right-of-way areas as well as within the municipalities in their districts.

Approved staging areas have been approved in Bush Park in Fairland and at “Monkey Corner” in the northern district where East 20 Road meets 570 Road.

Residents can bring trees and limbs to those sites for disposal at no charge.

The towns of Commerce and Quapaw have already begun to collect debris. Residents in those communities are asked to put debris at the curbside for collection of the materials.