Removal of storm debris stacked along city curbs will begin Monday, according to Miami's interim city manager.
Tim Wilson announced Thursday that a Florida-based recovery team, will spend approximately six weeks in Miami collecting broken limbs and trees from the city's right-of-ways.
"We received the green light from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (on Thursday) to start the process," Wilson said. "The city council and utility board recently approved a contract to hire Crowder Disaster Recovery to do the loading and hauling of the debris. City employees will provide the monitoring services for the collection and the labor to stockpile and dispose of the debris."
Today, FEMA representatives will be in Miami to train city employees as monitors. The monitors will travel with the contractors to ensure that contractors remain within city easements and do not mix non-storm-related items into what will eventually be weighed and measured as ice storm debris.
"Most communities are hiring companies to provide the monitoring service," Wilson said. "We are doing the work in-house in an effort to try to save money. We initially estimated a savings of $300,000 by doing the work ourselves, that's is a considerable savings to our taxpayers."
Contractors will make three passes through town over the next six weeks, according to Wilson, and will be working from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday in all of the city's quadrants.
"At this point I cannot give exact details on a schedule," Wilson said. "I hope to be able to give more scheduling details once we start the process."
Residents are asked to move broken trees and limbs to their residential curbs, but refrain from putting debris into the streets or across gas meters.
Wilson is also asking residents to remove their vehicles from city streets during the collection process.