By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
The Louisville Board of Alderman held a special meeting on May 13 to discuss the topic of the removal of debris left by the April 28 storms and tornadoes.
The meeting began with Mayor Will Hill urging the other aldermen to adopt the 911 agreement.
“It is imperative that we get the 911 agreement in place right now before we go any further in these operations,” said Mayor Hill.
Hill asked did anyone have any questions or objections to entering into the agreement. After a brief discussion, the board made a motion to enter into the agreement. The board unanimously approved to adopt the 911 agreement, contingent upon the Winston County Board of Supervisors approval of the agreement as well.
Next, Hill brought up the topic of debris removal. The board had agreed to accept bids for debris removal, as well as monitoring services until 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16. From 10 a.m. until 12 noon of the same day, the bids will be reviewed and discussed. The board is hoping to have all the information to make a vote before they meet again at 4:30 p.m. the same evening.
After the explanation of the bid process, Hill asked to hear from the department heads present at the meeting. Code Enforcement Officer Jody Fulton, who has been helping restore grave markers at Memorial Gardens, asked for the aldermen to make a motion to hire Tony Harris to assist with identifying and relocating the markers.
The board agreed to recess the meeting until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at Louisville City Hall.
May 16 meeting
In a short meeting of city officials, the City of Louisville approved True North Emergency Management as the debris monitoring firm for debris removal.
Mayor Will Hill indicated that seven proposals were scored from those received and that True North’s received the highest score on criteria utilized. True North Emergency Management is a wholly owned company of Neel-Schaffer and focuses specifically on Emergency Management and Debris Monitoring business. Services provided by True North include disaster debris monitoring and management, safety, damage assessments, emergency management planning, training and exercises.(from website). The company is based in Fort Worth, Texas.
Debris monitoring includes documentation of quantities of debris and procedural compliance to guarantee eligibility for FEMA grant funding.
The City Board also approved the solicitation of contractual services for building inspections before adjourning.
The Board meet again on Monday, May 19 at 9 am. and chose 4D construction in partnership with Southern Resources Debris Removal as the debris removal service among the 10 who bid on the project.