CHIPLEY - An update on debris removal was presented to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners when they met in workshop on March 13.

1.2 million cubic yards of debris has been picked up since eight days after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Panhandle. More debris will be picked up, with the final date for having the debris out to the road having been March 15 and all pickups done by April 15.

The overall estimate for storm related damages and longterm repairs is about $30 million, officials said. This includes any roads to be repaired, debris removal, structural repairs and everything in between. The county still has a long road ahead in terms of recovery.

In other business, Code Enforcement and Animal Control being moved under municipalities responsibilities was discussed during the workshop. The board has called a meeting to be held between the board, municipalities, Code Enforcement and Animal Control in order to make sure each entity is clear on the process before it goes into effect.

For code issues the county will not initiate the code or the enforcement, this will come from the municipality. The cost will be a pass through, meaning that whatever charges are incurred, they will be passed through the county right back to the municipality for payment. Animal control issues will be handled the same way as far as billing is concerned.

Also at the workshop, the board discussed investing $9,200 for website updates, maintenance and setup to allow the board to be able to update the website in a more efficient manner. The cost of maintenance will be $99 per month thereafter. The award for the website went to John Warren LLC.

Also, Engineer Cliff Knauer advised commissioners that the Cope Road repaving project will be ready to go out for construction bids in two weeks. The funding from FDOT for the project is set to be available in July. Relay for Life's Jody Bush came before the board requesting the chairman to sign the proclamation for 'Paint the County Purple' during the week of April 7-12, 2019. The item is set to be on the consent agenda during regular session next week.

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on March 20.