On Tuesday, Aug. 11 the Cheshire Town Council voted unanimously to enact townwide storm debris collection in the wake of tropical storm Isaias.
The storm, which hit Connecticut more than a week ago, brought down many large trees that caused thousands of Cheshire residents to be without power for days on end.
“The resolution appropriates $180,000 from the fund balance to initiate town wide curb-side and town right-of-way storm debris collection and disposal program,” said Councilor David Borowy. “The Town also authorizes application to FEMA for public assistance if and when available for reimbursement.”
Town Manager Sean Kimball mentioned that his office had received requests from Cheshire residents to offer some sort of debris collection since the day after the storm hit, something he hoped could be implemented on a large scale.
“The $180,000 we are asking for is a conservative estimate, because we will be having our crews do most of the work,” said Kimball. “We would be doing this more in-house instead of trying to contract out the entire operation. If we qualify for need under the FEMA requirements, which I believe we will, we are looking at 75 percent reimbursement for all storm-related expenses including this clean up effort we are discussing.”
The Town of Cheshire has officially released its storm debris collection plan, which will begin Monday, Aug. 17. According to the plan, Cheshire residents can collect and put out brush and branches that do not exceed 8 inches in diameter. Public Works crews will not be collecting any leaves or grass clippings, and residents must put their debris on a town or state roadside.
Cheshire is also offering self-service disposal of debris at the Quinnipiac overflow parking area, Bartlem Park and the old transfer station on Waterbury Road from Monday, Aug. 17, to Saturday, Aug. 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.