There’s lots of activity going on behind the scenes getting ready for start of construction for Phase II. We’ve been busy.
Last summer we discovered three previously unknown underground storage tanks. Earlier this year, City staff exposed these tanks to allow contractors to provide pricing for the removal of these tanks. You can see the excavation, covered with white plastic to prevent erosion, on the webcam. The removal contract has now been awarded and the tanks will be removed and disposed of in the near future.
We will remove the Carpentry Shed that crosses the Mill Race. As a precaution we will have a contractor perform testing for asbestos materials in the Carpentry Shed prior to its demolition. Should we find any asbestos materials, these will be disposed of properly by a licensed contractor.
When we drained the pond, we discovered a large number of logs on the bottom of the pond. This was not entirely unexpected, but the number of logs was greater than we thought. Typically, these logs would be pulled out and landfilled. To keep these logs out of the landfill, we are working with a local company to recover and reuse as many of these logs as possible. Our hope is that one day you may be able to buy furniture or side your house with wood from 50 year old logs from our pond.
Lastly, we are soliciting proposals for the Dam demolition. The dam itself is not a historically significant structure and would interfere with the success of the overall project. The dam demolition project will include the removal of the dam itself, the various concrete hard structures around the dam, and the carpentry shed. We are also taking this opportunity to do some grading to allow for future recreational use of the area. We expect that the demolition of the dam will generate more than a 1,000 cubic yards of concrete. We will grind this into small pieces and reuse on site. The steel will be recycled. We hope to minimize the amount of material going to the landfill.