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Port of Grandview engineer's report shows no surprises in Forrest Road property environmental review

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Port of Grandview Commissioners (L-R) Richard Shenyer, Jim Sewell and Ron Grow last Friday called a special meeting to talk with Engineer Travis Marden of JUB Engineers about the environmental study recently completed on Forrest Road.

GRANDVIEW - Engineers have completed an environmental review of property located on Forrest Road in Grandview the Port of Grandview is looking to purchase.

The environmental review was a prerequisite to the final sale of the property, and Engineer Travis Marden of JUB Engineers last Friday provided an overview of his company's findings.

"The environmental study came back as expected," he said, stating the Port of Grandview and the engineering firm knew there would be a few minor environmental concerns like a couple of tanks used for heating oil.

The port's commissioners also expected the study to include information regarding asbestos in materials on the home that is located on the Forrest Road property, which abuts the port's Stover Road properties.

Marden told the commissioners there are a few options for clean-up of property. A 30-gallon drum with about 10 gallons of liquid, an underground storage tank with about six inches of petroleum product and another tank containing about 12 inches of petroleum product must all be removed and properly disposed of. The valve on the above ground tank has leaked some and Marden told the commissioners the soil must be removed, but he doesn't anticipate it to be a large project.

The abandoned home on the property has siding made with asbestos, as does some of the flooring. Marden said the clean-up and removal of those products should be fairly easy.

"Foundations may also be a concern for future development," said Marden, recommending any foundations from buildings on the property be removed or properly contained when demolition commences.

He said it is advisable to clean up the site before any future development is underway. Clean-up of the property sooner rather than later, said Marden, is advisable to prevent further contamination, "...especially in the soil."

Commissioner Jim Sewell asked about a potential price tag for demolition of the structures on the property.

Marden told him demolition may cost approximately $20,000. He said the price tag is fairly low and the Port of Grandview could use the services of contractors on a small works roster.

He continued, stating a cistern that is approximately 60 feet deep must also be filled prior to developing the property.

Sewell compared the results of the environmental study to the study of the Stover Road property, stating the assessment of the property on Forrest Road is similar in nature.

Marden agreed, stating the next step is to conduct a land survey.

Sewell said the commissioners would like the survey completed before the Port of Grandview closes the sale of the property. He expects the sale to be finalized in July.

Marden said a survey could be completed in a matter of one day's time. He said JUB Engineers has on staff a surveyor who could complete the work.

"Give us a ball park figure for the survey," said Sewell.

Marden estimated the cost at approximately $1,500.

Hearing that, Sewell made a motion to authorize the survey services of JUB Engineers, not to exceed $2,000.

The commissioners approved the motion by unanimous consent.

Sewell said the Port of Grandview anticipates demolition can begin on the property once the survey and sale of the land are completed.

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