State to pay for remediation of Trenton’s former clock tower site

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON – The City Council supported a recommendation from the city’s Economic Development Director to enter into an agreement with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the clock tower property remediation.

Deputy City Clerk Eric Hoshaw said the council unanimously approved a motion at its July 16 meeting to enter into an agreement with MDEQ for $200,000 for remediation of the Clock Tower property, also known as the Jefferson Place Development, at West Road and Jefferson Avenue, at no cost to the city.

Environmental Consulting and Technology was authorized to do the work.

Trenton Economic Development Director Jim Wagner recommended the action to Mayor Kyle Stack and the council in a July 10 email, stating that it will allow the city to proceed with the redevelopment of the site.

Wagner said Environmental Consulting and Technology, which has been involved with the McLouth site, will work with city officials on phase I and II of the Jefferson Place Development.

Michelle Bakun, Brownfield Redevelopment coordinator, Remediation and Redevelopment Division for MDEQ, said in a June 29 email that after vetting the project, the state is in support of providing the grant.

The next step for the city is to submit the application paperwork to the state MDEQ to accept the funding.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)