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It's been three weeks since Tipton County was hit by an ice storm, but Munford's citizens and other area residents are still dealing with the aftermath. 

Because of the storm that Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole called the worst to hit the area since 1994, the city is taking measures to help with the clean up. 

Cole announced Monday night during the Munford Board and Mayor Aldermen meeting that there is a hotline (837-5955) and e-mail address (icestorm@munford.com) city residents can contact who need storm-related debris removed from their property. 

Debris must be cut into sections no longer than five feet long and moved to curb. Smaller debris (less than five inches) should be bundled and both will be picked up free of charge for approximately three weeks. 

Public works departments in Atoka and Millington have been assisting Munford with debris removal. 

Cole thanked several groups, including Southwest Electric and Munford Public Works for all their work. 

“Public Works is doing a fabulous job of staying on top of this,” Cole said. “It's great to observe our staff rising to ocassion.”

The Tipton County Landfill is also allowing local residents to drop of storm-related debris for free. 

In other matters:

• City Manager Peter Colin said that he has received 35 applications to replace city recorder Staci Craig, who announced her resignation last month. He said interviews are ongoing and a decision is expected to be made in the next few days. 

• Cole said the city has been working with state officials to remake the water department's financial structure. A report from the state last year said that Munford's water department was operating with “negative assets.” 

The city's water rates are the ninth lowest in the state, Cole said, but they will have be increased to comply with state guidelines. 

• A resolution passed unanimously allowing Fire Chief Alan Barkelew to apply for a FEMA grant that would net approximately $100,000. The city would have to provide $5,000. 

The money would be used to pay for home address markers, smoke alarms, audio/video equipment and other items. 

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