September 26, 2008
Fuel, OT Costly for Area Cities
By Valryn Warren Staff Writer
For most northeastern Montgomery County jurisdictions, the cost of this past week's windstorm is still unknown, but not expected to be a budget breaker.
Butler Twp., Huber Heights, Riverside and Vandalia expect the biggest cost to be overtime and fuel for crews clearing roadways and the right-of-way. But exactly how much is still unknown.
What's also unknown is whether state or federal emergency aid will be there, although communities are tracking costs in hopes there might be.
"We're working full crews every day overtime and we don't know if that will take another week or another month," Butler Twp. Administrator Joe Flanagan said.
"We already have a mountain of brush at the service garage and chipping that will take much more time weekly than normal. There's trees in our right-of-way we'll have to cut -- costs will continue to linger for a while. It may be months before we really know."
Huber Heights Interim City Manager David Studebaker agreed the costs are overtime and fuel.
"Most of it has to do with cleaning it up, and we think there is sufficient room in the budget to do that," Studebaker said. "There's tons of stuff out there, and this (past) weekend is the first weekend after the storm, when citizens are able to put time in their yard and get the waste out to the curb. This may go on for weeks."
Vandalia Communications Director Rich Hopkins said it's too soon to hazard an estimate.
In Riverside, the bulk of overtime was the first few days of the storm, which cost around $4,000.
City crews will remove debris on city property or right-of-way. Residential removal will be handled through Dayton trash service.
Riverside City Manager Bryan Chodkowski warned it may take multiple sweeps before it's all removed. Zoning code enforcement for yard debris is suspended for 30 days.
Cities, townships and their trash haulers won't handle large items of a size or weight that can't be cut down or bundled to the required size.
Property owners will have to hire someone and seek insurance reimbursement.
Here's what can be picked up and how it has to be packaged to get picked up:
Limbs up to 6 inches in diameter can be left at the curb, or residents can haul debris to the Service Center at 3710 W. National Road. Waste Management will pick up bundles or bags 50 pounds or less on trash days.
Limbs no larger than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length can be left at the curb. Take yard debris to the Wildcat Road yard waste site.
For updated waste site hours, call (937) 233-1562 and ask for the waste site hotline. Press "6" afterhours or if a recording answers for the information.
Call Dayton for bulky trash pick-up at (937) 333-4800. Bulky trash cannot exceed 75 pounds. Bundles or limbs must be no longer than 4 feet.
Cut yard and tree debris to a manageable size and leave at the curb. Rumpke Waste will pick up construction debris like siding or shingles on the regular trash day, bundled or bagged weighing no more than 40 pounds each.
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