Watertown Council Hears Final Sewall's Island Cleanup Plans

Watertown Council Hears Final Sewall's Island Cleanup Plans

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The final cleanup of Watertown's Sewall's Island is a step closer.

City council members discussed plans Monday night with officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Specifications and final design of the land on Sewall's island are expected to be completed by April, followed this summer by documents to prepare putting the project out to bid.

The last leg of the project will remove contaminated soil from the island in order to make the land useful for businesses and recreation. 

City and state officials say they're ready to get to work. 

"It is a pretty straight forward design," the DEC's George Momberger said. "Dig some dirt out here, put some dirt in here, break up some concrete, and cover it all with soil."

Momberger said part of the island will be park land and the rest, "the city can develop it as they see fit for commercial, industrial use."

"We get a little bit excited about the potential on Sewall's Island sometimes," council member Mark Walczyk said. "Statewide and region-wide this is just one little piece, one little parcel, but it's one that's important to us." 

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. The island -- on Pearl Street -- was the site of Black Clawson and other major industries over the years.

DEC officials will oversee the completion of the cleanup.

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