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June 25, 2013

Contractor is providing full service debris removal

NORMAN — A local company providing full-service debris removal in Moore was unfairly compared to out-of-state contractors who break service charges down into smaller increments. Those out-of-state contractors are removing debris in Oklahoma City.

“I’m paying all the landfill fees,” Silver Star President Steve Shawn said. “Oklahoma City pays their own. I pay Moore’s. My price is one price does it all.”

Silver Star is a local, employee-owned company. Shawn said he doesn’t know the details of the Oklahoma City bid, but he’s been told it’s a different contract than Silver Star’s contract with Moore.

“I know what we’re doing,” Shawn said. “We’re providing debris management. In Moore, if there’s a problem, FEMA calls me. I don’t know what Oklahoma City had those contractors bid on.”

County Commissioner Darry Stacy said not all contracts are the same. For example, Moore is paying by the ton, while Cleveland County is paying by the yard. Stacy said each entity bids the cleanup differently. There are different prices for construction debris, versus vegetation in the Cleveland County contract.

Silver Star bid a more complete package, Stacy said. The bids are not comparable.

“My bid is all inclusive,” Shawn said. “We do the removal from the right of way, we do the right of entries if a citizen signs up for us to come on private property.”

Stacy said when his county crews arrived on the scene at ground zero in Moore, Silver Star was there with equipment providing life-saving services from Day 1.

Debris cleanup services are varied and include much more than simple removal, but some companies bid each service individually or don’t provide them at all. In some cases, city staff may do some of the work.

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