Specifically, the councilors wanted to know who would pay for the cleanup if the land turned out to have more contaminants than expected. Kezer said his expectation is that the cleanup would be eligible for state assistance.
“The long and short of it is Mass Development has indicated that the project is eligible for their funding for brownfield cleanup,” Kezer said. “We have a general idea of what the cost will be, it will be somewhere between $80,000 and $200,000 depending on the depth of the soil in that area, and that it’s all eligible for Mass Development funding.”
Not willing to leave the issue to chance, councilor Bob Lavoie proposed an amendment to the bill saying that the city could accept the donated land, but no municipal funds would be used to clean up the land if any surprises were found.
The amendment assuaged the doubts held by some of the councilors, and councilor James Kelcourse said it prompted him to change his mind on the issue.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Auditorium.