"We will be well under that number," Mangiamelli said during Monday night's city council meeting.
The city administrator said the reimbursement rules don't allow regular employee pay or the cost to grind branches and stumps to be included in the expense total, which reduced the financial impact the city could claim.
"So in other words, we're stuck for the whole thing," Mayor
City Finance Director
The city allowed local residents to take storm debris to the yard waste site at no charge, and a total of 1,920 tons were dumped there. Mangiamelli estimates there are still another 500 tons of debris that must be hauled from local parks, golf courses and other city property.
"We still have a significant amount of tree debris that we have to account for," he said.
Since the solid waste fund, which includes the transfer station and yard waste site, is supported by user fees, offering the debris disposal at no charge left the fund with a budget shortfall.
City council members agreed Monday night to transfer
Kinnison said the transfer will help balance the solid waste fund without resulting in an increase in fees at the transfer station and yard waste site.
City officials are also looking into possible insurance claims related to the storm damage.
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