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December 2007 Ice Storm Emails & Update

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This is the official announcement from the City

During a special meeting Dec. 27 the Bixby City Council voted to approve a tree and timber debris disposal site located at 151st Street and Lewis. This site was one of several under consideration but was the only site out of the flood plain, which is the primary requirement by FEMA.

Curbside timber and tree debris pick up by Tulsa County will begin in Bixby for Bixby residents, Bixby Public Works Utility customers, and residents within the Bixby Fence Line per agreement with Tulsa County on January 3, 2008, for thirty (30) days and will end on February 1, 2008.

Tree limbs and debris must be no more than ten (10) feet in length for curb-side pick up by Tulsa County.

For those Bixby residents wishing to dispose of their own a Tree Debris Site Access Card will be available at City Hall beginning Wednesday, January 3rd, 2008. These cards are free and each card will allow four punches per card for access to the site. Each punch will represent one trip/load. The card must be presented to the attendant at the gate to enter. Name, address, phone number will be required on the back. Information will be included with the card as to map location, etc., and additional cards may be made available by the City of Bixby on a case by case basis.

No tires, hazardous materials, liquids, PCB waste, rubber, plastic, asbestos, upholstery, radioactive waste, infectious waste or appliances will be allowed in accordance with the Department of Environmental Quality.

ACCESS WILL BE DENIED TO ANYTHING ADDED TO LOAD OTHER THAN TIMBER AND TREE DEBRIS ONLY!

Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2007 23:16:34 -0600
From: John Kennington <johnkennington@cox.net>
Subject: Update on Ice Storm Debris Removal

There was quite a crowd at this morning's council meeting. The city has worked out an Interlocal Agreement with Tulsa County where Bixby will set up a collection/burn site  that the county can use, and in return the county will pick up any debris within the city of Bixby. The only point of discussion was that the agreement has not yet been signed with a contractor for a disposal site, so the final cost has not yet been determined. There will be an emergency council meeting next week where the agreement will be presented for approval. Four parties were asked to present bids, and only one of them has presented a viable site. One key requirement is the site be out of the floodplain, in order to get eventual FEMA reimbursement. Some approximate costs were presented - the site and its management will be about $100,000 and the cost, if paid by Bixby, to pick up the debris, would be $2-3 million.

It seemed like a no-brainer to me, and the Council voted 3-1 to approve the interlocal agreement. Here are the votes, for your information:

Ward 1 Councilor Joe Williams  No 
Ward 2  Vice Mayor Tom Daniels  Yes 
Ward 3  Steve Todoroff  Yes 
Ward 4  Mayor Ray Bowen  Yes

Again, our Councilor Tom Daniels strongly supported this proposal, as did the other two Councilors who voted yes. 

I think this was a great example of the importance of our neighborhood association in quickly getting out the word about this issue.

Thanks,
John


The agenda for Saturday's council meeting is on the Bixby web site, and it will begin at 8:30 a.m.

http://bixby.com/agendas/special_agenda122207.pdf
 

Dear Neighbors,

Carol Judd, SNA president, myself and several other Southwood residents attended Monday's emergency city council meeting Monday afternoon.

The good news is the city is working on a plan to have our storm debris picked up. The bad news is that nothing has been finalized yet.

Here are the details. The city is working on a cooperative agreement with Tulsa County. Bixby will provide and manage a disposal location. The proposed location is private property just outside the city limits, and has to meet a number of requirements, such as being outside the food plain, to qualify for eventual FEMA reimbursement. The debris would eventually be burned. The County would also use this location for disposal, and in return provide the curbside pickup of storm debris in Bixby.

The details are still being negotiated, so what the net cost to Bixby would be is still unknown. And that is the council's biggest concern.

I am still curious how the other local cities have already announced they will provide curbside pickup. I suspect in most cases they were just assuring their citizens they would provide the service, knowing the details would get worked out later.

The council is having another emergency meeting Saturday morning, at which time the City Manager expects to have a detailed proposal ready for the Council to vote on. I'll let you know the exact time when I hear. I would encourage anyone who is able to attend.

I want to thank our Councilor Tom Daniels for letting us know about the meeting and stating to the council that this is a service city need to provide.

Thanks,
John Kennington
 

At 06:28 PM 12/16/2007, John Kennington wrote:
Dear Neighbors,


I'm sending this on behalf of the Southwood Neighborhood Association.

Did you know the City of Bixby is NOT planning to pick up our storm debris? Every other local small community I am aware of is offering this service to their residents, except Owasso - but we all know they don't have any trees :)

I saw the notice on the city web site, which implied they were not going to pick up, but it was somewhat ambiguous. So I called city hall on Thursday and was told very definitely the city would NOT be picking up debris since they do not have the equipment. I told the person on the line I could not believe this, and asked her to relay my feelings to her superiors. 

Below are the emails I sent today to our Bixby officials. If you feel the same way, please contact these officials to express your opinion. Here is the contact information I've come up with. Incredibly, most of these emails are NOT included on the City web site, but I did dig them up elsewhere. I would also encourage you to call. I've sent a version of this letter to the Bixby Bulletin.

Micky Webb, City Manager, ctymgr@bixby.com

Bea Aamodt, Public Works Director,  baamodt@bixby.com
 
Mike Webster,  Assistant City Manager, mwebster@bixby.com

Vic Bell, Neighborhood Association Coordinator, vbell@bixby.com

Trish Richey, Economic Development Director, trichey@bixby.com
 
Ray Bowen, Mayor, mayor@bixby.com
 
The City of Bixby
P.O. Box 70
Bixby, OK 74008
(918) 366-4430

Our City Councilor Tom Daniels told me that there is an emergency council meeting Monday at 2:00 PM at the City Hall to discuss this subject and try to determine what the City can afford. If you are available, I would encourage you to attend. 

Thanks,
John Kennington
 

Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 19:20:37 -0600
To: ctymgr@bixby.com, info@bixby.com, mayor@bixby.com, trichey@bixby.com, vbell@bixby.com, mwebster@bixby.com, baamodt@bixby.com
From: John Kennington <johnkennington@cox.net>
Subject: Re: Ice Storm Debris Removal
Cc: fischerruss@hotmail.com, juddcar@aol.com, gdr7945@olp.net, rroth@tulsa-health.org

Dear City Leaders,

To follow up on my earlier email, and add more of you to the distribution, I just heard that Sand Springs is also picking up their resident's storm debris. It is outrageous that Bixby is not providing this service, especially considering Bixby's many heavily wooded neighborhoods.

John & Sharon Kennington
11224 S. 83 E. Ave.
Bixby, OK 74008
johnkennington@cox.net

At 10:35 AM 12/13/2007, John Kennington wrote:
I have just been informed the City of Bixby will NOT be picking up branches and limbs from residences, but rather will have a designated place for residents to take them. Both Broken Arrow and Jenks are providing this service for their residents, so why can't Bixby?

Bixby is now a suburban community and most of us do not have the means to transport such massive piles of debris. I live in the Southwood neighborhood, which as you know has a dense population of mature trees, and have a huge quantity of debris that needs removal.

If the city does not have the equipment to do this, then a contractor should be hired. This is not your normal winter storm, and providing this service is what we have a city government for.

Please reconsider this decision. This is a service the City of Bixby needs to provide its residents.

John & Sharon Kennington
11224 S. 83 E. Ave.
Bixby, OK 74008
johnkennington@cox.net