2008-04-23 / Front Page

Soil cleanup at rec site completed under budget


Soil cleanup at rec site completed under budget

Staff Writer

MANALAPAN — A soil remediation project at the Manalapan Recreation Center has been completed for less than the Township Committee budgeted for the job.

At its meeting on April 23, the Township Committee approved a change order for TTI Environmental Inc. that lowered the cost of the cleanup from $15,522.50 to $10,250 — a reduction of $5,272.

The soil remediation project took place on a Route 522 property that Manalapan purchased fro  a homeowner in order to expand the Manalapan Recreation Center.

Soil contamination traced to a leaking oil tank was found on the property. In addition, historic pesticide use was found on an adjacent parcel. The land was formerly used for farming.

Both issues — the removal of the soil that was contaminated by the leaking oil tank and the remediation of the soil that was contaminated by pesticides — were remediated in the project tha  was recently completed by TTI Environmental Inc., according to Township Engineer Greg Valesi.

The oil tank that caused the soil to become contaminated was removed during a previous phase of work, Valesi said.

The engineer said no unforeseen circumstances occurred during the work that was performed by TTI Environmental. The amount of money that was budgeted for the project ($15,000) included funding that covered unforeseen circumstances such as additional contaminated soil having to be removed or additional fill dirt having to be brought to the site, Valesi said.

Neither contingency arose and the final contract ($10,250) reflects the removal of the additional funding that was initially included for the project, he explained.

Manalapan’s purchase of the Route 522 property remains the subject of litigation between the township and attorney Stuart Moskovitz, who served as the township attorney in 2005 when the property transaction was completed.

Township officials allege that Moskovitz did not sufficiently protect Manalapan from any problem  that might arise in regard to the property.

Moskovitz has said he believes he included all necessary protection in the contract of sale.

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