Q. - How do we get the storm debris removed from our
street? I have been promised by the trash pickup that they would get
it 2 Fridays ago. That did not happen. Then I was told that it would
get picked up last Friday. That did not happen either.
I did notice that City of Terrell workers and trash
people picked up on Cartwright and Griffith Streets more than once.
Could that be where the mayor and place 5 council person live? Circle
Drive is so bad that the mold in the piles prevents people from walking
the street for exercise.
There is not enough emphasis being put on this
cleanup. My grass is being killed by the piles.
Answer - You are correct that there has been a brush
pickup on part of Griffith and on my street, Cartwright. It is incorrect
that either Councilman Thurman or I have requested or received special
service. As a matter of fact, I sent away the crew that came to pick
up the small pile of brush at my house! I took care of it myself.
Here is the latest information as of May 22.
The good news is that we have collected from 689 locations. The bad
news is we have 800-900 more locations to go. At the current rate we
will be collecting brush for 45-60 days more from today.
The 800-900 locations all have generally large piles and some are increasing
in size. We have so far built a 4000 to 5000 cubic yard pile of storm
debris, which represents about 33% of the total that will be collected.
IESI, our contractor, is running 2 trucks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
of each week. We are using Street, Park, Water, Sewer, and Special Projects
departments personnel and equipment to work on this task. At some point
we will lose work time from some of these departments when critical
needs arise within their primary functions.
Citizens who have the means to do so can haul their brush to 2801 East
Highway 80 on Fridays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM through June 1.
This is unprecedented as far as I know. The City of Terrell is taking
every practical step to clean up the storm damage.
We know it is a problem and will continue to work as fast as we can.
Hal Richards, Mayor