Berlin council OKs extending environmental study

Published on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 20:47
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The Town Council voted Tuesday to extend a contract with Loureiro Engineering to continue an environmental study at 889 Farmington Ave.

The study began in 2013 after the town obtained the property due to a foreclosure.

Economic Development Coordinator Jim Mahoney told The Herald prior to the meeting, the study is to see if any water is migrating with contaminants under the property, which was deemed contaminated.

The contract extension is for a fee not to exceed $26,100, with $15,230 to be paid by insurance the town has and $10,870 by state brownfields grants.

The town initially entered into a contract with Loureiro Engineering for a fee not to exceed $64,760, according to previous meeting minutes, with funds being used from a regional brownfields grant. An extension was granted in 2014 with a fee increase of $22,393, plus a $4,478 contingency.

The town has different remedial action plans for dealing with any potential off-site contaminants in the area, which involve capping the site, Mahoney said, but the further testing is needed to determine which one to use. He said the town has applied for additional brownfields grants to pay for any further testing and the remedial action plan.

The recently released RFQ for development of the 889, 903 and 913 Farmington Ave. area previously included language for proposals to include remediation plans for the water migration study; however, with funding from insurance and the brownfields grants, the town decided to take it on as a way to attract more favorable proposals, Mahoney said.

The council also waived a special event permit fee of $150 for a grand opening of A.S. Labieniec and a Shop Small Day at their location, 945 Farmington Avenue, on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The event will bring together small local businesses to promote products and services. All proceeds from the event will go to the Connecticut Humane Society, according to Chris Edge, economic development director.

During the audience of citizens, a man spoke in favor of the newly established golf commission, which will oversee Timberlin Golf Course under approvals from the Town Council. The Parks and Recreation Commission previously oversaw the course.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 20:47. Updated: Tuesday, 3 October 2017 20:50.