Lake Station council agrees to seek cleanup grant

2013-12-21T18:00:00Z 2013-12-21T21:18:08Z Lake Station council agrees to seek cleanup grantDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | The Lake Station City Council is moving toward cleanup of the old municipal/police complex off Ind. 51 and Central Avenue.

The council approved a resolution supporting application for an Environmental Protection Agency brownfield grant to pay for the cleanup and demolition of buildings.

"We're deep in the process, and this is the first step," Mayor Keith Soderquist said.

City officials moved into the new 34,000-square-foot municipal/police complex, 1969 Central Ave., in the fall of 2011.

The cost for both the new municipal complex and the EMS/fire station at Grand Boulevard and Fairview Avenue was about $8.5 million.

Once the former municipal complex site is cleaned, city officials have said they will sell it to a developer.

It's expected to cost $1 million to clean the property. The land once was a landfill.

In other business, the council will be meeting either later this month or early next year to vote on the E-911 consolidation agreement, Soderquist said.

The agreement, mandated by the state, consolidates 17 municipal police and fire dispatchers and Lake County dispatchers into one countywide system.

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