ECA Newsletter 12-28-17
More Updates On Debris Removal
Bits and Pieces:
- Many of you are aware that the ECA, along with several of it’s Members and some residents of Coffey Park, celebrated Christmas a few weeks ago with donations of Christmas trees amongst other things to bring some cheer into the neighborhood. About 80 Christmas trees in all were donated and decorated and we have some responsibility to clean up those trees and recycle them. To that end, I have contacted Dustin Davis who generously agreed to take the trees after January 8 at his site off of Todd Road. Now here is what we need:
- I will contact Ronnie Duvall and ask him if he and his helpers can get the ornaments and lights off of the trees by January 8, 2018.
- I hope someone reading this Newsletter can offer an end dump to haul the trees from Coffey Park to Todd Road. I think we might get all the trees in one load, but it might take two trips.
- I also hope that readers of this newsletter can offer their time to go out and gather all the trees in Coffey Park and get them to the curb and have the end dump travel through the area with some “volunteers” to toss the trees into the truck.
If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact myself or Mary at 707-546-5500. Thank you!
- The debris cleanup for Army Corps of Engineers is nearing 35% complete over the four Counties affected by the fires (Mendocino, Lake, Napa, and Sonoma). Sonoma is the biggest cleanup and is the least percentage completed so far. Sonoma is at around 27% cleaned up (by counting properties).
- The Army Corps has asked for “Best and Final” pricing for the new contract to perform the debris cleanup. We are expecting the Contractor, or Contractors, to be announced any day but certainly before January 2, 2018. The ACOE promises a “surge” once the Contract is finalized.
- We need a “surge” as things seemed to have slowed down a bit on the ACOE side of the cleanup operations. I brought to the attention of the ACOE that Local should mean “local workers and contractors from the affected areas” not local meaning if the Contractor is based in California. It seems we have too few of our local crews and trucks working while lots of out of area trucks and contractors are staying busy. All along we, and the property owners, have been promised local hire would be a priority. I am doing all that I can to assure our local elected and the ACOE do not forget those promises. While we can all agree that this is a monumental job that the ACOE has undertaken, and we appreciate their help, we want the opportunity to clean up our family properties, our friend’s properties, and our community first. Let the out of towners do the work that is too much for us, but if we have guys sitting on the sidelines while out of towners are working, THAT AINT RIGHT!