City of Beatrice Cost Share of Cleanup Project, Increasing

BEATRICE – The cost of an environmental cleanup of contamination next to the Big Blue River in Beatrice, is apparently going up.

:11                  “than anticipated”

Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth says the contractor doing the cleanup at the 1st and Market site of a former coal gas plant that existed decades ago, is now working on cleanup of a second, smaller site located on Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad property.  Originally, the city expected to pay for about $700,000 of the total cleanup cost of about $2.8 million, with the remainder paid for by Centel Corporation.

The remediation work at the gas plant site was held up by rain and a period of high water, when the Big Blue River topped its banks, recently.

:19                  “the coffer dam”

The temporary dam, an inflatable border, was being used to allow work to proceed below the water line, up next to the river.  During the flooding, the dam was torn loose, went downstream and apparently was buried by debris lodged against the piers of the South 6th Street bridge.

As for the increased cost, Wirth says the city will have to look at its’ options.

:10                  “October 1st

The City of Beatrice and Board of Public Works both using biennial, or two-year budgeting.

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