ROCK CREEK — A state agency has confirmed it will contribute to the cost of moving demolition debris that the City of Madison placed on a private property in Rock Creek.
A unilateral order produced by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection was issued to the City of Madison in May regarding the waste, which had been intended for use as “fill” by the private property owner.
The lot sits adjacent to the Fountain of Life Worship Center, visible just feet from the intersection of U.S. 119 and Route 3.
Last week, the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) communicated to the city that it would assist with fees related to the clean-up.
According to its website, REAP “harbors all of the state cleanup programs within the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.”
According to an email response to a request submitted by the CVN to Acting Communications Director Terry Fletcher with the WVDEP, the City of Madison still has to hold up its end of the agreement.
While REAP has agreed to assist the city by covering the landfill fees, the City of Madison must still determine which landfill will accept the material, obtain the required special waste permit from the WVDEP’s Division of Water and Waste Management, and arrange for trucking and delivery of the material to the landfill.
City of Madison Mayor Buddy Hudson expressed that he was pleased with the progress that had been made and that the city had secured assistance from Boone County in the form of a truck and dumpsters for transport.
Councilwoman Carolyn Mullins expressed gratitude to the state agency and to Boone County for helping alleviate what has been a hot-button issue since early May.
“I’m glad REAP was able to help with this project as they do for others throughout the state, and that the county was willing to help,” she said. “This was an unfortunate incident that happened for the city; we certainly did not mean any harm. The city is working hard to move forward and help Madison grow.”
The buildings that were demolished — located on the 300 block of Main Street in downtown Madison — required environmental clearance prior to demolition. That process took over a year to complete. City officials say that there was a “slight” detection of asbestos in the rubble, but that it would be able to clear the protocol required by the state of West Virginia to be deposited in a standard landfill.
The city had previously expressed concern regarding the removal of the debris because of a lack of available funds, but city leaders said they are confident that the recent commitment from REAP will help move the process forward toward a resolution for all parties involved.
Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-307-2401.