Council awards debris contract

Published 2:27 am Wednesday, May 17, 2006

By By Adam Prestridge
Cleanup crews will be on standby if a hurricane should strike Atmore this summer.
Monday, the Atmore City Council approved a request for proposal for debris removal bids as recommended by an unbiased review team consisting of several retired employee with the Army Corp of Engineers.
"Most all of the cities on the Gulf Coast have adopted or are in the process of adopting similar contracts," Atmore Mayor Howard Shell said. "In short, this means we put out for bids for proposal to have somebody in place if we have a tornado or hurricane come through. Then we don't have to stop, wait, go through the bid process and spend two or three weeks trying to get whatever's might be left over that's interested in bidding on bidding on a particular disaster. Whatever disaster it is, then we would have someone in place."
According the Shell, the review, made up of Eddie Sosbee and Bruce Thornton, both retired from the Army Corp of Engineers, and Tom Granger of HMR Engineering Firm out of Baldwin County, team established a point spread to a number of different items that "they felt were very important criteria in selecting someone."
"They did not do it on price basis alone," Shell said.
Other items review included, removal and disposal of vegetative debris, removal and disposal of construction debris, site management, burn management, mobilization and mobilization of equipment, the amount of equipment that would have to be rented, Freon recovery and recycle, disposal of white goods (refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, etc.) dead animal collection and disposal if needed.
Following a thorough review, the review team recommended awarding the pre-event disaster contract to Crowder-Gulf after reviewing 10 proposals.
"With all of that said they recommend that we accept the proposal as presented by Crowder-Gulf," Shell said.
The council unanimously agreed to adopt the recommendation.
In other business, the council:

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