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Debris removal complete at Johns Manville site

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton After two months of work, the piles of asbestos-contaminated debris at the Johns Manville site have been removed. All that is left are three buildings and a smokestack, which will be demolished later.

VIENNA — After two months of work, the former Johns Manville site is one step closer to being redeveloped as Spencer’s Landing.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Vienna City Council, Mayor Randy Rapp provided an update on the status of the project to remove piles of asbestos-contaminated debris piles from the site of the old plant.

“All of the piles have been removed from the Johns Manville site,” he said. “There are three structures down there that will be dealt with independently.”

Rapp called the progress on the cleanup remarkable. Each day crews from Jimmie Harper Construction moved about three truckloads of debris from the site to a special landfill off U.S. 50.

Moving the debris through the city had no impact on air quality, he said.

“Our latest air quality reports from inspectors showed there were no problems and all is in excellent shape,” Rapp said. “Our next project is to work on removing the smokestack, the office building and a small warehouse.”

City officials have submitted paperwork for funds to be disbursed from the Brownfields Cleanup grant to remove the large warehouse next to 28th Street.

“Things are moving along very well,” Rapp said. “I’ll have a new report for you showing the complete emptiness down there at our next meeting and then we’ll do a full update from start to finish on the progress we’ve made.”

Rapp said three storage pits on the site have had the water pumped out of them and will be filled soon.

Council approved the second reading to approve the purchase of a tract of real property known as tract A, Glen-Brook No. 3 for $9,200. Council approved the ordinance in a unanimous vote. Councilman Roger Conley was absent.

In other matters:

* Two new ordinances were passed unanimously on their first readings. One was an ordinance requiring payment in full for a building permit and the other amended the ordinance setting the number of members to the board of the Vienna Public Library along with qualifications and appointments.

* Council voted to reappoint John Barr, Bruce Rogers and Steve Eaton to the Vienna Utility Board. Since Rogers is a council member, he abstained from the vote.

* Council also voted to appoint a new member to the board, Joseph Thorpe.

* Rapp said the latest water quality reports have been released and Vienna’s water is still showing non-detectable levels of C8. Rapp said that shows the filters installed last year are working.

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