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Lindenhurst OKs $900G for Sandy debris removal

Payloaders work in tandem to remove debris on

Payloaders work in tandem to remove debris on East Shore Road in Lindenhurst during Sandy cleanup. (Nov. 14, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

The Village of Lindenhurst has approved payment of more than $900,000 for debris removal and other services related to superstorm Sandy.

The village board voted recently to pay more than a dozen companies who have submitted invoices for work related to debris removal. The total bill comes to $902,582. The board also agreed to pay $7,473 for "emergency protective measures" in response to Sandy, and to replace signs damaged by Sandy at a cost of $2,778.

Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane said the village already has requested reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and officials hope to receive that money before pressure builds to pay the companies.

"Our hope is that the turnaround is relatively quick," he said. If not, he said, the village may have to do some short-term borrowing.

The village board approved several Sandy-related contracts also to be paid for by FEMA reimbursement. A contract for debris removal and transportation was awarded to All Island Plumbing of Holbrook, which is charging per eight-hour day: $750 for a 20-yard dump truck and operator; $1,100 for a 30-yard dump truck and operator; $900 for a three-yard payloader and operator; and $1,300 for an excavator and operator.

AB Environmental of Bohemia was awarded a contract not to exceed 20 days at $2,077 per day for emergency cleaning of stormwater catch basins. Coastal Distribution Llc of Farmingdale is contracted for loading, transportation and disposal of debris at a rate of $85 per ton with a maximum of 2,000 tons. Stout Construction of Patchogue has been hired to remove and dispose of debris at the Lindenhurst Marina at a cost of $25,050.

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