GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It's been a month since the ice storm took down trees and knocked out power all over the Triad. We know some of you are still waiting to have debris picked up, but it seems the pick-up started very quickly, especially in the City of Greensboro. The speedy response led one 2 Wants To Know viewer to ask: 'Did the city skip the bid process to get the emergency pickup of debris?'
He's talking about the process the city has to go through anytime they hire a company to do business. We found out they did not skip the bid process. They had a request for proposals to be the city's storm debris removal contractor back in 2010. At that time, they got 12 bids. City leaders chose Crowder Gulf, LLC out of Alabama based on their prices per ton for pick-up of material and ability to meet all insurance and bonding requirements. The city will have another RFP for storm debris removal in 2015.
So if they city deems the damages exceed the department's capacity, the city's Field Operations Department activates Crowder's on-call contract and they can quickly get to work cleaning things up.