One such business owner is Dan Healey, who has agreed to donate to the city a parcel of land adjacent to his Carriage Mills property on Water Street so it can become a part of Heritage Park. The problem is that the donation is contingent on the city cleaning up the industrial contamination on the site, and the City Council made accepting the land contingent on no municipal funds being used to do so.
This puts Fahey in an awkward position where he can’t accept the land without the cleanup funds, but he can’t use the funds he already has until he has the land, and the longer it takes to secure the cleanup funds, the less time the city will have to get the project done.
Even if only a portion of the necessary funds can be secured, Fahey said the city could potentially work around that by removing only the soil closer to the surface on areas that will eventually be paved over as parking lots and pathways, as opposed to going down three feet and taking all of it.
Fahey said the city would still have to completely scour all of the contaminated soil on heavily utilized recreational areas of the park, along with places where utilities, drainage conduits and trees will go, but by reducing the amount of soil that needs to be taken away to a special disposal unit, the city could save tens of thousands of dollars and get the project done on a leaner budget.