Group saves city hundreds of thousands of dollars on cleanup project

West Carrollton is working to clean up an illegal dump site on city-owned property at 4000 Hydraulic Road. (WDTN Photo)
West Carrollton is working to clean up an illegal dump site on city-owned property at 4000 Hydraulic Road. (WDTN Photo)

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A group has volunteered to help West Carrollton save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The City is working to clean up an illegal dump site on city-owned property at 4000 Hydraulic Road.

The Ohio Operating Engineers Apprentice Program has volunteered to help clean up the former Appvion wastewater site. Original estimates received by the city said the cleanup could cost anywhere from $350,000 to $750,000.

The City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday allowing the city manager to enter into a contract with the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprentice Program to help with the clean up project.

The city says a criminal investigation about the illegal dumping at the site is ongoing, and city officials cannot comment on the investigation. However, they say they are moving forward with the cleanup plan.

The Ohio Operating Engineers Apprentice Program has agreed to do the work for only their diesel fuel costs which they estimate to be $6,615.

“We like finding projects like this because it gives us an actual job site for training purposes,” said Don Black, administrative manager of the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprentice Program. “And the good thing is that it’s only one and a half miles from our training facility,” Black said the apprentice program currently has about seven or eight ongoing project sites across the state.

The city’s total cleanup costs are estimated at approximately $45,000 including the expense of installing a new gate, shed, dumpster, hiring temporary laborers and installing temporary electricity and camera surveillance system. Two temporary laborers will be required to dispose of the smaller debris that needs to be removed by hand.

“We really appreciate the willingness of the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprentice Program to partner with us on this project,” said Brad Townsend, city manager. “This partnership will save the city thousands of dollars and allow us to move forward with the future redevelopment on the site.”

 

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