Expanded Explanation of Decision to Not Hold a Citywide Clean-Up Event Following May 17 Storm
On May 17 Clive experienced a weather event resulting in tree damage in the community. In the past Clive, along with a number of other metro cities, have held citywide clean-up events where residents could place storm debris on the curb and city crews picked up the debris at no direct cost to the resident. Each city made its own choice regarding the size and extent of the pick-up event and there was no specific criteria used by each community.
A couple of years ago, staff from the metro cities came together to develop a set of standards and criteria of debris management to be used by all metro cities. Through that collaboration it was explained to the cities by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that if cities are regularly holding pick-up events following any type of storm/wind event then it would be deemed by FEMA as a "regular practice". This "regular practice" could put the city at risk for not being eligible for FEMA reimbursement of storm debris clean-up expenses when a large event occurs and a disaster declaration is issued.
Since each city knew that storm debris clean-up of a significant storm event, causing widespread damage, could add up to a substantial expense for a community and its residents, the metro cities, including Clive, made the decision to no longer hold clean-up events following storm events that were not likely to result in a disaster declaration. This was done to make sure the cities and its residents remained eligible for FEMA reimbursement for storm clean-up associated with those large/widespread storm events, where a disaster declaration is made.
The City of Clive understands this was a significant change in practice by the City and following the latest storm event on May 17 many had questions about debris pickup. City staff hope the above explanation provides better insight into Clive's decision making process and we apologize for any confusion prior communications may have caused.
Regularly scheduled clean-up events, such as the annual bundled brush and Mayor's Clean-Up events, will still be held as usual. The above only applies to those special clean-up events that were held in previous years following storm events.
If you have any questions regarding the above changes to the citywide clean-up program, please contact City Manager Dennis Henderson or Assistant City Manager Matt McQuillen at (515) 223-6220.