Greensville County Planning Director Lin Pope, standing, hands a sheet containing debris removal proposals to Supervisor Tony Conwell. Also pictured from left are Supervisor Raymond Bryant, Supervisor William Cain and County Administrator Brenda Parson.

The debris removal request for competitive proposals was approved at the Oct. 7 Greensville County Board of Supervisors Meeting.

The current debris contractors did not provide the services the city needed after Emporia’s last major storm.

“By doing competitive negotiation with a vendor, what we can do is identify a person that actually has those particular assets needed for debris removal in their own inventory and not somebody that has subcontractors out there that hires a company in to fill in the void,” Reggie Owens, the Greensville Virginia emergency services program coordinator, said.

Greensville County currently is covered by the statewide Mutual Aid Agreement to use vendors approved by the state.

If Greensville County does not enter an agreement as its own county, the vendors on the contract for specific localities are required to leave Greensville County. They would go to a different county. Greensville County would need to find someone else to do the work.

“What that does is give us a first-string advantage as far as choosing a reputable debris removal company,” Owens said.

Michael Ferguson frowned upon the last debris removal company’s pickup trucks, old chainsaws and “junk looking whatevers” losing half the stuff they took away.

The contractor handling the debris removal will bring their own employees.