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Bloomfield may use EPA Brownfields Program on vacant lots
Local municipalities will have council, commission meetings this week
FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield City Council will discuss today whether to pursue environmental studies on three vacant lots on the corner of West Blanco Boulevard and 5th Street.
The three lots are in the central area of Bloomfield a short distance north of Salmon Park.
"They're three contaminated properties, and they've sat there for quite a while," City Manager Eric Strahl said when reached by phone Friday.
The environmental studies will focus on what types and levels of contaminants are on the three lots.
If the City Council approves moving forward with the studies, Strahl said the city would apply for state funding for them.
Depending on the levels and types of contaminants that are present, the city may choose to use the Brownfields Program to remediate the properties.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the Brownfields Program and provides grants for cleaning up sites. The grants include a 20 percent local match, according to the council agenda packet.
If the city chooses to pursue the grant, it would have to acquire all three properties.
Once remediated, the properties could be turned into a park or developed into mixed-use commercial properties, according to the agenda packet.
The council will meet at 6 p.m. today at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.
Other local cities also will have meetings this week. The Aztec City Commission will have a work session at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to discuss utility rates prior to its 6 p.m. meeting at Aztec City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St. During the meeting, commissioners will appoint a new city commissioner.
The Kirtland Town Council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 31 County Road 6299. During its meeting, the council will continue discussion about a town park and the town hall building that is being constructed.
The Farmington City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 800 N. Municipal Drive. The City Council will consider a request for a special-use permit for sand and gravel extraction off Troy King Road.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.