DNR says diesel in soil minimal by subdivision

Steve Chapman

Board officially hires Kelley as next Mt. Vernon city administrator
On Monday, May 31, storm water contaminated with diesel fuel flooded the Sunset Heights Subdivision in Mt. Vernon. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, Mt. Vernon City Administrator Max Springer reported during the city’s board of aldermen meeting that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources concluded that the level of diesel found in the soil at Patten and Schaffer Streets in the subdivision is minimal and that the agency has closed their file on the matter.
“I spoke with Steven McLane of DNR,” Springer said, “about what they had determined regarding the flooding and diesel fuel in ditches around Patten and Shafer Streets in the Sunset Heights Subdivision. He stated that their investigation and remediation has been completed and (the) file closed. They had Environmental Works to sample the dirt in the ditches in the area to determine the amount of diesel fuel that has been absorbed into the soil. At this time, there was not sufficient levels of diesel fuel detected for a further remediation effort.”
Springer added that the fuel was removed by a vacuum truck and absorption socks were used to remove the fuel from the stormwater initially after the flooding. The city is currently looking into a project that would reroute stormwater resulting from heavy rainfall to prevent future flooding.
In other business…
The board also passed two ordinances and a resolution during their meeting.
The first ordinance approved and accepted the dedication of the final plat of the Mt. Vernon Commercial Park South, First Subdivision. The second ordinance authorized the sale of a three-acre plot of land in the Mt. Vernon Commercial Park South, First Subdivision, to the Lawrence County Health Department for $1.
The resolution appointed the Mt. Vernon city administrator to the position of director to the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, and the city’s director of Public Works to the alternate director. Joe Kelley, the current director of Public Works, is slated to replace Max Springer as city administrator following Springer’s retirement at the end of the year. A new director of Public Works has not yet been named.
Also in action…
The board approved repairing the pump in Well Number Six with a maximum cost of $27,000, and also approved the hiring of Joe Staudt and Lesley Smith as the city’s transportation drivers, at Springer’s recommendation.
Springer also informed the board that the city would not be closing on the two acres given Lawrence County Emergency Service Board (LCESB) as previously thought, due to questions regarding as to whether the LCESB could own property. He said the LCESB would have a meeting on Oct. 14, and if determined they could own the land, would close on it on Oct. 15.
Additionally, Springer told the board that with the construction of a truck plaza by Wilmoth Enterprises, the water and sewer mains on that land would need to be moved. He stated that Wilmoth agreed to pay the costs for the moving of the sewer and water mains if the city would furnish the pipe, manholes, covering and any fittings needed, which Springer said would cost about $35,000. He also said the city would need to extend Missouri Drive about 1,500 feet to the south to allow for the construction of the new 911 Dispatch Center. The board took no action on either issue during the meeting.
In the new business portion of the meeting, the board voted to formally hire Joe Kelley as city administrator, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Springer also told the board that the city would hold a town meeting at the MARC on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. to give city residents more information regarding the Pool and Park issue which will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.


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