MEDINA — Nearby townships and villages are deciding whether to join the city in applying for a grant that would fund studies to determine whether environmentally contaminated sites qualify for future cleanup grants.
Such sites, known as brownfields, are often contaminated by petroleum products, industrial waste or heavy metals.
City Planning Director Greg Hannan said if the city applied for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield grant alone, it could qualify for up to $400,000 for the studies.
If it applied with three or more other jurisdictions, it could receive up to $1 million to share.
Council recently authorized Hannan’s department to apply for the grant.
The city must submit the application, along with letters of support from interested parties, by Oct. 15, Hannan said.
“Their trustees and councils have not had time to review it. … They have to work through their own meeting schedules,” Hannan said of the other parties. “Our understanding is that most of the trustees are on board. … We certainly anticipate that they will all move forward with the process.”
Montville Township trustees voted Tuesday to send a letter of intent to apply along with Medina for the brownfield grant.
Trustee Jeff Brandon said the township has identified two possible brownfield sites it would like studied — a junkyard and an old landfill. Because both are on private property, Brandon declined to go into details.
Hannan has said some sites in Medina that may qualify as brownfields include the vacant industrial building at Bronson and Foundry streets in Ward 1, a vacant gas station at 426 W. Liberty St., and several properties within the East Smith Road corridor, including the old James Bennett Lumber site.
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