July 25, 2016

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Medina looks for help with cleanup grants

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.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.