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Town Board Awards Bids to 2 Firms to Finish Sandy Debris

St. James company wins bid to grind down tree stumps dumped at town's Montclair Avenue Yard.

Hurricane Sandy's impact on Smithtown. Patch file photo.
Hurricane Sandy's impact on Smithtown. Patch file photo.
Smithtown Town officials have taken one more step towards finishing their post-Sandy cleanup. 

Smithtown Town Board voted unanimously to awards two bids, worth a total of $318,000, for the grinding down, transporting and removal of remaining tree stumps from Hurricane Sandy, Newsday reports. 

All Island Excavating, based in St. James, won the contract as the lowest bidder at $210,000 to grind down tree stumps at the Highway Department's Montclair Avenue yard. 

Islandia-based Trinity Transportation Corp. won a contract at $108 to transport the debris. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursed the town for $6.2 million, or roughly 90 percent, of the $6.9 million Smithtown officials claim was spent on collecting, removing and disposing debris after Sandy. Those figures do not include rebuilding and restoration funds.

The $6.9 million pricetag for debris cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sandy makes Superstorm Sandy five times more costly than Tropical Storm Irene, which cost Smithtown $1.3 million in 2012. 

Read more on Newsday [subscription required] about the town's cleanup of Hurricane Sandy debris. 

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