Mill Point sled hill gets leveled

A sledding hill at Mill Point Park Preserve is slip-sliding away - to the landfill. Village Council on Monday night approved a budget adjustment that includes hauling excavated materials from the Grand River Greenway project to a landfill. That includes the 650 cubic yards that have been mounded between Village Cove Marina and School Street in anticipation of being sculpted into a sledding hill.
Marie Havenga
Sep 27, 2011

Consultant Roman Wilson of Lakeshore Environmental told Village Council that Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials would require capping, annual testing and maintenance of the contaminated soils if the village were to continue with the recreational hill.

“In the long haul, it made it not a practical approach,” Wilson said. “Landfill disposal made the most sense. The DEQ prefers this option and it would make the most sense from a cost standpoint.”

Council’s approval Monday night of $9,663 in additional project costs is based on a “worst-case scenario,” according to Village Manager Ryan Cotton. That figure includes trucking about 1,200 cubic yards of material to a landfill — including soil from the end of South Cutler Street.

Wilson said preliminary reports are that the soil at South Cutler is not similar to the contaminated material pulled from west of School Street. The environmental consultant said the Cutler Street soil would need to be tested, and the DEQ would need to sign off on its use — which could take two weeks or longer because the state is nearing the end of its fiscal year.

Cotton said that the 475 cubic yards of soil from Cutler likely would not be enough to sculpt a sledding hill, but that it could be used by the village’s Department of Public Works as fill dirt for various projects.

The additional Greenway funds approved by council on Monday night comes from the village’s land acquisition fund. That fund has a balance of about $140,000 due to council putting the brakes on Phase 2 of the Greenway project this summer.

The $1.2 million project is funded by $827,500 in grants and $422,000 in village funds.

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