testing results heard at commissioners mtg.
Rob Walker of ATC Associates was on hand to answer questions regarding
recent testing of soil on property owned by the county at the
regular commissioner meeting on Monday, August 23. The property
is where the county hopes to build an annex in the future.
According to Walker, a degreasing solvent used in the former dry
cleaning business was found in the soil eight feet below the proposed
annex property. The chemical prevents any basement in the proposed
annex to prevent any health issues in the new building.
Walker explained that by keeping the foundation above eight feet
and installing a ground filtration system, this will help to keep
vapors from entering the building. He suggested that the soil
be tested for the chemical before hauling it away. The commissioners
requested that Walker obtain a site status letter from IDEM which
states that the county can build on the property.
Midwestern Engineering presented a very preliminary layout of
the proposed annex. The commissioners agreed to form a committee
to help with the finalization of the layout.
In other business, the commissioners accepted the quote from Brian
Ellison for the replacement of the courthouse doors and hardware
at a cost of $17,500. The application to apply for reimbursement
from the state for voting machines was unanimously approved.
Versailles Town Council President John Holzer discussed the courthouse
clock. He explained that the town does not have the funds to make
the repairs to the clock as presented in a quote from JJ Smith.
According to Holzer, the suggested repairs would include the chimes
as well as the caulking of the face where it is leaking when there
is a storm.
The commissioners explained that the county has already incurred
about $4,000 in costs to replace equipment and carpet on the third
floor of the courthouse due to the leaks. It was also suggested
that the town consider requesting donations from local organizations
for the repairs.
All commissioners were in attendance along with county auditor
Bill Wagner and county attorney Neil Comer to advise. The next
meeting will be on Friday, September 3 due to the Labor Day holiday.
The commissioners will meet at the Ripley County Highway Garage
in Osgood at 7 a.m. and reconvene at 8 a.m. at the courthouse
annex on the square in Versailles.