April 29, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- It's been a process across the entire area, cleaning up debris from that devastating ice storm back in February.
Richmond and Columbia County both completely finished with clean up but the city of Aiken still has a little more to go which means more money forked out to clean it all up.
The city council approved more than $310,000 to finish cleaning up adding to the total of more than $8 million spent all together on storm clean up, all funds from the city and county.
Last night, Aiken City Council approved two measures that would round up the last bit of storm debris cleanup left in the city. The money will go towards chipping up and hauling the leftover debris.
Right now, the total pick up in Aiken, combining city pickup and contractors is more than 188,000 cubic yards. Compare that to Richmond county who's totals are more than 600,000 cubic yards. and Columbia county who picked up more than 500,000 cubic yards of debris.
This miscommunication between the city and state contractors won't cost taxpayers extra money but the city manager says it's wasted a lot of time.
"They were under the impression that we had told them not to pick up debris in the city. We certainly said we would pick up debris but at no time did we tell the contractor or SCDOT not to pick up debris," said Richard Pearce with the Aiken City Council.
Contractors told the city to cease clean up operations so that they could work on clean up.
Pearce went on to say residents pay a monthly fee for yard debris pick up, so continuing the clean up on the city of Aiken's part was going to continue regardless of what was decided.
Officials say the clean up should be done by the middle of May.