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Lake Bemidji south shore cleanup earns award; Fire Department receives grant

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Paul Richards, the vice president with Widseth Smith Nolting, announced to the Bemidji City Council Tuesday that the city and WSN have been recognized for the cleanup done in the south shore redevelopment area.

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The American Counsel of Engineering Consultants of Minnesota issued the Honor Award on Jan. 28.

Richards presented the plaque to the council during the regular council meeting, saying that the environmental cleanup done in the south shore in preparation for The Sanford Center should make city residents proud.

The cleanup was done in an area that was a Brownfield site with "many sport of contamination" based on its history as a railroad yard, lumber company, box manufacturing plant and steam plant, he said.

The project in the south shore did the following:

E Created two new and seven restored wetlands.

E Provided storm water management and control for not only this site, but also 97 acres of the Nymore area. The system is designed for a 10-year storm water event.

E More than 20,000 cubic yards of petroleum contaminated soil and 12,000 cubic yards of ash deposits were tested, excavated and either reused as controlled fill or disposed of.

E Abandoned railroad ties were creosols were abated.

E An unofficial dump site with materials ranging from asbestos to a buried car had to be taken care of.

Cleanup at the site was funded at 75 percent through a $556,000 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development grant.

Richards noted that today, Friday, WSN will be at the Target Center for the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineer's award ceremony. The company will find out them whether the project is recognized through that group as well.

Paul Richards, the vice president with Widseth Smith Nolting, announced to the Bemidji City Council Tuesday that the city and WSN have been recognized for the cleanup done in the south shore redevelopment area.

The American Counsel of Engineering Consultants of Minnesota issued the Honor Award on Jan. 28.

Richards presented the plaque to the council during the regular council meeting, saying that the environmental cleanup done in the south shore in preparation for The Sanford Center should make city residents proud.

The cleanup was done in an area that was a Brownfield site with "many sport of contamination" based on its history as a railroad yard, lumber company, box manufacturing plant and steam plant, he said.

The project in the south shore did the following:

- Created two new and seven restored wetlands.

- Provided storm water management and control for not only this site, but also 97 acres of the Nymore area. The system is designed for a 10-year storm water event.

- More than 20,000 cubic yards of petroleum contaminated soil and 12,000 cubic yards of ash deposits were tested, excavated and either reused as controlled fill or disposed of.

- Abandoned railroad ties were creosols were abated.

- An unofficial dump site with materials ranging from asbestos to a buried car had to be taken care of.

Cleanup at the site was funded at 75 percent through a $556,000 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development grant.

Richards noted that today, Friday, WSN will be at the Target Center for the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineer's award ceremony. The company will find out them whether the project is recognized through that group as well.

The Bemidji Fire Department has received a $45,518 grant from the U.S. Fire Administration to purchase hardware and software for mobile data computers and update and enhance its training/meeting room.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant comes with a $5,057 local match requirement, which will be covered by department funds.

The four mobile data computers will be placed in the department's most-used vehicles, and will aid in responding to and operating at emergency scenes by providing mapping, GPS, computer aided dispatching and preplan information.

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