Monday, October 02, 2017

City Council: Selling Unauthorized Dump to Development Corporation

San Angelo's City Council will tackle the sale of 17.58 acres to the Development Corporation on 10-3-17.  This is the third time this topic has been on public agenda, twice for City Council and once for COSADC.  Not once has any city staffer or representative informed the public that the property formerly housed the city's incinerator and served as an unauthorized dump for household garbage for a decade after the incinerator was shut down.

The Development Corporation will conduct Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments on the property.  For $1,500 more the engineering firm will provide a Remediation Cost Estimate.  That cost likely will dwarf the up to $100,000 in sales tax money Council and the Development Corporation approved to date.

This item may not be discussed as it is on the Consent Agenda.  The Consent Agenda has twelve items and the Regular Agenda only four.  That's one way to conduct business.

Update 10-3-17:  The item was pulled from consent by City Councilwoman Billie DeWitt.  Development Chief Roland Pena.  Mayor Brenda Gunther asked if there was reason to believe there might be environmental problems?  Pena said no but the studies are needed to confirm.  The history of the site was once again kept below ground.  The city posted the last environmental assessment of the property on its website.  Symbolically the document opens upside down.

Update 1-28-18:  The Development Corporation will take up this property in Executive Session at its 1-31-18 meeting.

Update 4-2-18:  The Development Corporation returned the land to the city after completing environmental studies and a remediation cost estimate..  

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