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Maple Street project progresses

The St. Francois County Commission has authorized a payment of $5,101 to have professional testing performed at its Maple Street property in Farmington to prepare for its sale.

The former location of the county’s road and bridge department, the land was cleared several months ago by city workers. Due to years of gasoline, oil and other contaminants in the soil, the county was required to clean up the property before it could be placed on the market.

“This is another piece of the puzzle that needs to be acted upon,” said Associate Commissioner Patrick Mullins. “I received a letter from Smith & Co. Engineers’ Mike Walker and Missouri Brownfields/DNR is proposing that some work needs to still be done.”

According to Mullins, the items and personnel required include a mobilization/demo at a cost of $750; senior driller, eight hours at a cost of $75 an hour, totaling $600; environmental technician, eight hours at a cost of $50 an hour, totaling $400; abandonment record, one boring at a cost of $100; sampling equipment (plastic PID, kits), four borings at a cost of $50 each, totaling $200; environmental professional onsite, eight hours at a cost of $75 an hour, totaling $600; analytical, eight samples at $207 each, totaling $1,656; analytical laboratory (PAHs), two samples at $110 each, totaling $220; decon, one hour at a cost of $75; and project management, four hours at a cost of $125 an hour, totaling 500. The items add up to a grand total of $5,101.

“I talked with Amber [Menjoulet] in the auditor’s office and we’ve come close to exceeding our engineering budget, but we still have close to $100,000 in capital improvements,” Mullins said. “Talking with them, they suggested we take it out of that. This is just one more piece of the puzzle that Smith & Co. needs to do.

“If we allow them to do this and accept this bid, they will contact Christine O’Keefe of Missouri DNR and they will meet with her onsite and they’ll spend the day doing all of these tests. Once that’s accomplished — if we approve the bill — they’ll submit an approval of a risk management plan. That will go into more detail cost like if the soil’s contaminated — which we kinda think it is.

“Also, in the meantime, they sent the repository where we are looking at depositing some of the contaminated soil. We needed an access agreement, so I reached out to city administrators Dan Bryan [Desloge], Greg Beavers [Farmington], Bonne Terre Rep. Dwayne Hackworth, private citizen Denny Norris, Don Akers with the city of Park Hills and Mark McFarland with the city of Park Hills.

“They represent the Landfill Board and are in agreement and they’re fine with us trucking the contaminated soil over to the repository, if you choose. I recommend that we accept this bid, you know, keep this thing going.”

Mullins provided the commissioners with “a little back history” on a grant the country received through Missouri Brownfields.

“It provided personal services – $790.15; and travel – $51.90,” he said. “Assessments for Phase I were $1,228.45. Phase II was $7,168.24 and a Phase II addendum — $6,207.53. That total cost is $15,365.27. Taxpayers of this county did not pay that. This was through Missouri Brownfields/DNR.

“Now, the one thing that we have paid is to enter into this program we had to send them a check in the amount of $3,200. What they do is draw from that amount for professional services. To date they’ve only used $146.58, so we still have a credit of $3,053.42. If we can keep hammering this out, we will get the excess funds back from that.”

Mullins told the commissioners that he had already spoken with someone who is filling out the access agreement for the repository.

“He is going to meet with our two guys here to show them where we can dump the contaminated soil on the repository,” Mullins said.

Associate Commissioner Gay Wilkinson said, “My understanding, too, is that this is validation of our efforts to DNR, the EPA and all that — that we are compliant.”

Mullins agreed with Wilkinson’s assessment and then made a motion that the commission OK the payment of $5,101 and it was approved unanimously.

“This is another piece of the puzzle that needs to be acted upon.” — SFC Commissioner Patrick Mullins

St. Francois County's Maple Street property in Farmington will soon undergo a series of tests to make sure all contaminants have been removed from the soil prior to being put up for sale.

St. Francois County’s Maple Street property in Farmington will soon undergo a series of tests to make sure all contaminants have been removed from the soil prior to being put up for sale.

St. Francois County Associate Commissioner Patrick Mullins explains to his fellow commissioners the tests that must be done before DNR will allow the land to be sold on the open market.

St. Francois County Associate Commissioner Patrick Mullins explains to his fellow commissioners the tests that must be done before DNR will allow the land to be sold on the open market.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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