CHIPLEY – Crowder Gulf representatives who are managing the removal and monitoring of debris removal for Washington County Board of County Commissioners gave commissioners an update when the board met during regular session on November 20.

According to Joe VanVactor of Crowder Gulf, half a million cubic yards of debris has been picked up in the county since restoration efforts have begun. The company is nearing the end of the first pass of debris pickup and representatives say the first of three passes will be completed by Christmas.

Public Assistance Contractor Kevin Parker ask for the public’s patience during the clean up efforts.

“I would like the public to be aware that this process will take time,” said Parker. “Please be aware, especially on narrower roads, that if there is a bucket truck picking up debris, you will have to wait for a while. We ask for your patience and understanding while we complete our tasks.”

As a possible precursor for debris disposal, the county approved the application for permits to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to use some of the county pits as final disposal sites for vegetative debris. Should the county decide in the future to use those pits as a revenue source, the permitting portion will already be in place.

In other business, County Engineer Cliff Knauer updated the board on the status of the Culpepper Landing project. Knauer advised permits from the Army Corp of Engineers is all they are waiting on to begin construction on the project. It is estimated construction should begin early next year.

Commissioners Charles Kent and Todd Abbott were sworn in after winning their seats in the last election. Kent serves as Commissioner for District 2 and Abbott for District 4.

In the annual restructuring of the board, in an unanimous vote, Tray Hawkins was again nominated and unanimously voted-in as Chairman of the Board with Abbott also retaining his position as Vice Chair.

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on December 13.