Back in April 2012, after at least five years of talking about a possible use for the site if only it were remediated, then mayor Bill Hallenbeck suggested it as the location for a dog park. It turned out to be an empty gesture offered to those clamoring for a dog park, and within a few days all talk of the site becoming a dog park ceased. Cleaning up the site would be no easy task. About 2,600 cubic yards of lead-contaminated subsurface soil and 100 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated soil had been found on the site, and the remediation was expected to cost more than $1 million.
Fast forward to today. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been working on the cleanup of the site for more than a year. In the past couple of weeks, approval was given to start carting away the contaminated soil, and that process is now underway.
When all the contaminated soil has been hauled away, a one-foot layer of new soil will be spread over the site, and grass will be planted. Going forward, DEC will continue to monitor the site (it is within the 100-foot buffer of a wetland) and will dictate how the site can be used. Last night at the Public Works and Parks Committee meeting, DPW superintendent Rob Perry predicted that the site will not be ready for any use until summer. The question is: What will happen then?
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