SUPERIOR, color (CBS4)– Homeowners looking to rebuild after the Marshall Fire could face even longer delays after a debris clearance lawsuit was filed. The Boulder County Commissioners chose Texas-based DRC Emergency Services for the job.
The deal called for work to begin in early March and be completed by July 1. Now a company called Digs is suing, claiming the county violated open assembly laws when it chose DRC emergency services for the job.
Two members of the board of trustees sent a letter to the county saying debris removal was essential to the community’s rebuilding after the wildfire destroyed more than 1,000 buildings just before New Year’s Eve.
These trustees claim the lawsuit insults an already unspeakable tragedy.
“We are 64 days after the disaster, the city of Superior has only issued 11 debris permits, we have two properties that have cleaned up on their own. We have been doing this for more than two months and this coordinated debris clearance should be the process to move everything forward,” said Superior Trustee Neal Shah. “People were just starting to see the light in terms of a way forward and now we’re back on a lag cycle.”
The nonprofit filing the lawsuit was founded by Michael Brown, the former FEMA director who resigned amid criticism of his handover of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2022/03/04/marshall-fire-superior-debris-removal-lawsuit-boulder-county/ Superior Board of Trustees pleads with Boulder County over Marshall lawsuit to clean up fire debris – CBS Denver