City approves cleanup of debris

Debris remains on city roads, like this pile at Old Orrville Road and Pinehaardt.

Hurricane debris still lines the sidewalks in the Selma city limits, more than two months after Hurricane Zeta hit and a month after the city spent $1.1 million to hire outside contractors to pick it up.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. said he is disappointed in the slow performance of the contractor that is skilled in post-disaster cleanup and has made that known to the company on Monday through a discussion with the city engineer.

"We're looking forward to seeing improved performance in the days ahead," Perkins said Monday.

City contracted crews are instructed to stage the 16 trucks at Bloch Park. They have 60 days to finish. Read more about the contract here.

The contractors also placed five dumpsters throughout Selma to separate household trash from hurricane debris, but they did not empty the dumpsters often enough and trashed piled up alongside the dumpsters, making even more work, Perkins said. Read more about the dumpsters and their location here.

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