Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Town of Moncks Corner announced its final pass on storm debris pickup would begin in conjunction with county and DOT efforts on Monday.
Berkeley County Water and Sanitation, which handles county roads, and the SCDOT, which handles state roads, began collecting debris on Monday and should wrap up all roadside debris collection in the coming weeks, according to Public Services Director Butch Svagerko.
“The Town has been working in a support mode with Berkeley County and the DOT in the debris collection process,” Svagerko told town council during its March 18 meeting. “We have been getting a lot of calls about debris pickup and we wanted to clarify what are town roads, county roads and state roads.”
Svagerko said any street that included a black street sign that began with “S-8” were designated state roads, and debris pickup from the February ice storm would be handled by the state.
The county handles pickup in the more rural areas such as Bonneau, St. Stephen and Cross, Svagerko added. “According to Berkeley County Water and Sanitation they are about 88 percent complete with their debris pickup.
“We have been taking care of ‘hangers’ and other standing or fallen trees and limbs that pose an immediate threat or danger to residents and motorists.”
“Hangers” are snapped or broken branches still attached to the tree that pose a threat or danger to the public.
“They may be hanging now but these branches will come down eventually and those are the ones we are concentrating on first,” Svagerko said.
As for town roads, the Public Service Department has been working alphabetically through the town’s map.
“We are down to the end of the alphabet and should be concluding pickup on town roads very shortly,” he said.
Residents can still take their storm debris to the landfill and area convenience centers.
County residents are asked to put all storm debris at the curb this week. Yard debris must be stacked separately in lengths of no more than four feet and debris should not be mixed with other waste, such as construction and demolition or household waste.
In addition, according to county officals, starting Monday, all area convenience centers will resume regular business hours and yard debris will need to be placed in designated containers on-site.
The collection of storm debris is expected to continue through April, three months after the mid-February ice storm paralyzed the Lowcountry, causing thousands to lose power for a week or longer, and causing millions of dollars in damage to property and trees.
“We had some public safety issues on roads that weren’t the town’s official responsibility, such as Highway 52 at the viaduct coming into Moncks Corner,” Svagerko said. “When we were made aware of the danger of a damaged tree protruding over the roadway my department went ahead and cleared the area and eliminated the danger.”
Svagerko also praised his department for the continued hard work and dedication to the town and its residents during and after the ice storm.
“The guys were out there throughout the bad weather making sure the town’s streets remained clear and any immediate threats or dangers with hangers were taken care of right then. They did a great job and went above the call of duty.”
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