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City Looking to Put Local Contractors to Work

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The debris continues to pile up across the CSRA, from the historic ice storm a couple weeks ago.

Ashbritt Environmental is an out of town company hired by the City of Augusta this week, but now, there is an opportunity for other contractors to pick up some work.

The mounds of tree limbs taken down by the ice storm keep growing at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

And now contractors like Bob Peppers want to help the city with this major project.

"We have a climbing crew of men. We climb the trees. There's a lot of widow makers out here. Some of these trees are very, very tall and a bucket truck cannot get to them so that's where we come in," said Peppers.

Augusta Richmond County held a disaster recovery and debris removal workshop for contractors late Friday afternoon. Helping to link those workers with the company contracting with the city to clean up all the mess.

"We are looking for as much local contractor participation as we can get, particularly when it comes to the loading and hauling of trucks," said Rob Ray of Ashbritt Environmental.

To make sure the contractors are legit, they have to show a copy of insurance, workers compensation forms, a w-9 and a business license for the state of Georgia. 

Once hired, they will work with Ashbritt Environmental to haul what's left of the trees to these mountains. That debris now being turned into something .

Ray said, "All of the limbs and the trees being brought to our temporary debris management site is being ground into chips and mulch and we will dispose of it at the Augusta landfill. I'm not sure what they are going to utilize it for. "

Peppers is hoping his company can lend a helping hand.

"Augusta's a big town, so, maybe we can do something, see what we can come up with," said Peppers.

Those contractors who are hired could start working as soon as Saturday. Ashbritt Environmental says it is very optimistic that all of the debris will be removed by the end of March.

Another company working with FEMA -- Leidos -- will hire people to monitor the amount of storm debris. If you're interested, you can drop off an application at the Courtyard Marriott on Steven's Creek Road Saturday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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