posted on March 14, 2011 21:37
The city of Batavia owes an estimated $90,000 from a 2005 project to study the former Batavia Iron and Metal site on Bank Street. Once paid, the city's obligation to the environmentally contaminated site will be over.
The nearly 7 acre site was abandon in 1999 and the property owner went bankrupt.
The city was partially responsible for a study of the site to determine the extent of environmental damage.
Already, tons of PCB’s, pesticides and lead contaminated soil has been removed.
City Manager Jason Molino was asked if the site poses a public health threat:
"The property is fenced off and not being used for anything," Molino said, and for the most part that's all we can do until the clean-up action is taken by the state." The site must be ranked by the state in order to qualify for clean-up under the New York State Environmental Superfund."
The final clean-up of the site could cost millions and take years.
Molino said the city’s responsibility toward the cost of any additional study or clean-up ends with the 90-thosuand dollars. He suggested the city use part of its VLT aid to satisfy the city’s obligation at Batavia Iron site.
Also on Monday night, the Council issued a proclamation, in comnjunction with Geensee County, recognizing Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. A large contingent of ARC staff and individuals served by the organization attended the meeting.
PHOTO: City Council President Marianne Clattenburg, right, congratulates Kathy Gartz, one of the individuals served by the ARC. Genesee ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski, left, looks on.