Speech to Text for Private Contractors: Another Clean-up Option
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alan alan the deadline for debris removal sign up is just weeks away. at 5 we reported how you can you decide to have the government come in to clean debris from your property. but local contractors told action news now reporter stephanie lin camp fire victims have options and they could save some cash. pkg nats of debris cleanup...or structures falling the cost to left by the camp fire...1 point 7 billion dollars..that's according to this copy of calrecycle's invitation for contractor bids. nats of on thursday local lawmakers make a strong case for the state- sponsored program. nats of lawmaker but a government cleanup could take months. and now private flags... sot already, priced out of calrecycle's bidding process. is so large to get bonding capacity for $750 m contract isn't something local contractors can do. a question we asked lawmakers at thursday's press conference. are local contractors being priced out of the cleanup process? sot response from lawmakers... we aren't interested in that because you're talking about 120 out from payment. the cost is too steep for us. standup: then there's the davis bacon act, which requires subcontractors working on federally funded projects over $2,000 to match the pay rate of similar projects happening in the area. you're looking at about... 3 times the normal. an equipment operator would be $70 an hour. cal-recycle and are waiting for confirmation on that price tag. sots of equipment moving then there's the question of whether it's cheaper to go with a private contractor over the government. we come in, we only take what is needed. and how a state-sponsored cleanup could impact your insurance rate... not because of that of yourself. the rates may go up because the disaster across the board. the county website says cleanup comes at no-charge for those without homeowners insurance. but for those who do, the government will charge the part of your insurance that covers fire damage. just keep in mind, these insurance companies lost a lot during the santa rosa fires...the insurance companies will reach out to the insurance commissioner, we need to make up... the state insurance commission tells us they are working on a response. of my operators is parked outside in a trailer. it's now 7 weeks since santos has tried to apply for a fire cleanup permit. we are directly involved with this thing, and we want to help. the government backed program or a private contractor, the fact remains -- you'll have to make a decision by january 31st. to help us clean it up. there's no way i can do it all, and its needed. but they need to let us go to work. reporting in chico, stephanie lin, action news now . on cam tag alan alan that was stephanie lin reporting. a spokesman from cal recycle tells us that cleanup costs will vary per site. factors include the number of structures per site, and the distance from the disposal facility. early estimates for the carr fire are coming out to $100 thousand dollars per lot. santos did say if you don't have insurance ... your best bet is to go with the government - but if you do have insurance then you