“It just makes it a little easier instead of waiting for authority to do things, they can go ahead and make a decision and protect our residents,” Manier says.
Manier says that means crews could respond to debris removal, asbestos issues or health issues immediately instead of first getting approval from other public bodies. The Tazewell County Board also meets Friday to vote on the measure. Communities affected by the November 17th tornado will submit requests for federal reimbursements next Tuesday. There is some concern that communities may not meet the statewide bar of 17-million-dollars to qualify for public reimbursement. Manier says crews have removed about 40-percent of debris from city streets since the disaster