With a judge’s order last week, Hurricane Zeta debris removal may begin within about a month. On Tuesday, May 18, Circuit Court Judge Kathy Jackson ruled the George County Board of Supervisors could reject all of the bids received in December as they did not include Certificates of Responsibility. She further said the County was free to rebid the removal of all the storm debris not yet picked up and no relief or award was due to Holliday Construction, LLC. The Supervisors met on Friday, May 21, and voted unanimously to advertise seeking bids to pick up and dispose of all remaining debris piled up on county rights-of-way. The debris removal firm will not be removing any “leaners” or “hangers.” Bids will be opened during a Board meeting on Monday, June 21. The proposals will be reviewed, and a contract awarded that same day, according to County Communications Director Ken Flanagan. In the contract it will be stipulated the winning firm must have crews mobilized, preparing the disposal sites and picking up debris within three days. The original deadline for the removal of all debris in order to qualify for FEMA and MEMA funding was June 30. FEMA has agreed to extend that deadline until the end of the year. Similarly, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has extended the deadline for debris site processing another 90 days

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