Debris removal in Bixby

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 8/06/2013 9:09 pm Published: 8/06/2013 8:33 pm

        The chance of approaching storms is adding to the urgency of cleaning up storm debris, but Fox23 has learned one community is really on its own.
        Unlike many cities, Bixby is asking homeowners to remove debris themselves. They're being asked to haul all their own storm debris to a site on 131st between Mingo and Garnett.         One glance down a Bixby neighborhood and it's easy to see why some homeowners are concerned. Amy Dalton's parents have had this large pile sitting in their front yard for weeks. She says her parents just haven't had the time to clean it up and take it to the city disposal site. I went straight to the city to find out why it's not helping homeowners with the debris removal process. The city said, "other communities have a solid waste division and we do not. We do have a street department and a water sewer department but we do not have solid waste. We also don't have extra personal to devote to events like these and so in this case, we do have to rely on our homeowners." The city says it has a very limited staff. Right now, crews are focused on maintaining other aspects of Bixby.
        In the meantime, homeowners here have to haul off their own debris. During the 2007 ice storm, Bixby contracted with Tulsa county and also got funds from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to help with debris removal. It's working to put away funds in case something that catastrophic ever happens again

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