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Sackets Harbor attempts to secure more grant funding for former Augsbury Oil site

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SACKETS HARBOR — The village Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the submission of a grant proposal for $200,000 to help clean the southern portion of the former Augsbury Oil site on Ambrose Street.

The grant would come from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Cleanup grant program. About 3,500 cubic yards of soil on the south side is contaminated by petroleum.

H. Nevin Bradford, president of Strategic Environmental LLC, Baldwinsville, and consultant for the village Local Development Corp., told the board the contamination goes about six feet deep, down to the bedrock.

Current estimates for cleaning the south side are as high as $363,000.

Asked by Gary M. Gibson what would be done if the village did not receive the grant, which Mr. Bradford described as “very competitive,” Mayor F. Eric Constance said he was not sure. One option proposed was not doing anything until outside funds are obtained.

“Maybe it’s too expensive at this time,” Trustee Lawrence C. Barone said.

Excavation work is under way on the site’s north side, the smaller of the two cleanup projects. Mr. Bradford estimated that site could be fully cleaned by March, at which point it likely would be cleared for residential development.

The board also led a standing ovation for the final board meeting of Mr. Barone, who did not seek re-election. He has been on the board since 2006. He will be replaced by Barbara A. Boulton, a lifelong village resident who does bookkeeping work for Boulton’s Beach Farms LLC.

The board also appointed former Mayor Jon P. Constance chairman of the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, a position he will hold until 2016. He replaces Richard T. Stephens.

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