After roughly five years since its conception, the remediation process for the former Wilcox Press site is expected to be finalized in just a few short months.

They say the wheels of government run slow.


After roughly five years since its conception, the remediation process for the former Wilcox Press site is expected to be finalized in just a few short months.


James Craft, Avon-based DEC engineering geologist and project manager for the remediation, gave a presentation during a public hearing in the North Dansville Town Hall auditorium March 14.


A handful of people attended, three of whom were Wilcox Press neighbors. The rest were either DEC, Department of Health or public officials.


Livingston County aquired the property in 2007 through a tax lien  and received $390,000 in grant funding for the remediation in 2008. The county bore an additional 245,000 for the project.


Once the remediation got underway, a hazardous materials inventory was conducted in February and May of 2009. Those materials were various items left inside the building such as fluorescent lighting, paints, oils, acids, inks, building materials such as asbestos and others. All were disposed or recycled by various services based on product.


The building structure was demolished and a 10,000-gallon fuel oil tank was removed that summer.


Further tests were conducted in 2010. Metals and other contaminants detected in soils during and were disposed of a year ago.


The latest round of testing results have indicated that groundwater and soil samples are now at habitable levels.


At this time, DEC?recommends no further remediation is needed.


“This site was a nice one to work on,”?Craft said. “Some of the problems [at other sites] are just unsolvable. Fortunately this one, I think, has worked out well.”


The period for public comment is open until March 30. Documents on the remediation are available to view at Dansville Public Library.


After March 30, the DEC will draft a record of decision, and then a final engineering report. If the project is decided to be fully complete, a certificate of completion will then be handed to Livingston County.


The county is expected to address touching up a few properties, such as squaring up adjacent Knox Street lots and looking into parking options for the nearby Little League field. The county will also seek input from the community on what to do with the property.


 


Contact Jeff Miller at jeffmiller@dansvilleonline or 585-335-2271.