Since 2009, a pile of debris at the former Eagle Crusher site on South Market Street, has been an eyesore but city officials learned on Wednesday, the debris may contain asbestos.
Mayor Tom O’Leary said the city received a call about 5 p.m. on Tuesday that someone was moving some of the debris.
“We had someone check it out and the person was not there. On Wednesday, we contacted the Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to see if proper procedures were being followed and if they had the proper permit,” O’Leary said.
O’Leary said the company removing the debris, Recycling Creations of Marion, began tearing down the plant in 2009 but left the six-foot high pile of bricks, shingles and other materials behind. The company is owned by Eric Keith and of which acquired the property later in 2009.
Records show that the company had not paid taxes on the property since the time of purchase but the tax bill was recently paid which will disallow the city from foreclosing on the property.
O’Leary said that the city is in contact with the Ohio EPA to ensure that the proper removal procedures are followed as the company proceeds to clean up the property since it may contain asbestos.
“We are being told they have applied for the permit needed and we will be staying on top of it to make sure the company follows the procedure needed, such as wetting down the debris, as they proceed,” O’Leary said.
In a message to the Galion Inquirer, a local resident said that on April 2, 2009, he took a photo of the Eagle Crusher buildings being torn down and that the owner said the property would be a grassy field, soon. The resident then referred to a photo from this week of the cluttered property with warning signs for asbestos.
O’Leary said on the upside, it appears that something is finally being done with the property.
“We have wanted to see it developed for a long time. Hopefully, this is a sign of positive things happening in the future,” O’Leary said.
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