Local contractors could get paid thousands for storm cleanup

Augusta leaders are holding their breath that President Barack Obama signs Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

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News12 at 6 o'clock/Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta leaders are holding their breath that President Barack Obama signs Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's request for federal aid.

If the request is approved, the city could recoup some of the millions, it's paying out to clean up after this month's ice storm.

On Friday, a workshop will be held for contractors interested in working on debris removal and recovery projects.

If you don't meet the guidelines you will be turned away.

"They need to bring their business license, insurance, their workers comp and their W-9 for legitimate business," said Assistant Traffic Director Steve Cassell.

Cassle is talking about all contractors who want in on the millions Richmond County is paying out. Richmond County hired a national disaster clean up company Ashbritt. Ashbritt is subcontracting 45 percent of that work to local companies. They were brought in to assist county departments cleaning up right of ways, parks and everything else.

"They've hit everything seamlessly. We haven't had any downtime at all. you can see they have 27 trucks moving now," Cassle said.

Clean up crews will now be paid on a volume based scale. It means their cash is now tied to how much they haul away, before they worked at an hourly rate.

"We will be at about 10,000 or 12,000 cubic yards a day maybe by the end of today and tomorrow," Cassle said.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is requesting help from the federal government because the storm cost the state $48 million. Richmond County could only have to pay $1 million of their latest $8 million contract. The feds would pay the most at 75 percent and the state would chip in another 10 percent.

"As a city this is a pretty big burden to have. We still have to wait for the declaration from the president. We would get assigned a FEMA Representative and we'd start getting that," said Cassle.

We're told in 30 days the city should be clear of all debris.


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