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City moves forward with Armstrong project

The Glencoe City Council continued to move forward with the Armstrong Avenue project with the approval of the second phase of the project’s environmental study at its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) Engineer Justin Black explained the first phase of the study found contamination at two sites: near 11th Street and Armstrong Avenue and on Chandler Avenue near Go For It Gas.
With the discovery of contamination areas, Black explained the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has requirements the city must follow. First, the city must identify the contaminants. Black said the contaminants in these two sites are petroleum. Second, the city has to set out a response action plan, which is a letter explaining how the city will handle the contamination. Third is the field work on site. Fourth is the MPCA report. During this step the city can apply for the Petrofund, which will reimburse them for the costs of the process.
The total cost of this process will be $33,866. Black said this was built in to the original budget and will be covered by the bonding.
Council Member Kevin Dietz asked if Black knew where the contamination originated. Black said he didn’t know.
Council Member Allen Robeck reiterated his concerns about the Armstrong Avenue project as a whole and the extra cost of this study.
The second phase passed 4-1, with Robeck voting no.

For more, see the Feb. 24 print edition of The Chronicle.