Hyde Park residents to get help for contamination.

17 09 2008

 

By Sylvia Cooper| Agusta Chronicle

Augusta commissioners approved refunding half of 2007 and 2008 city property taxes to Hyde Park property owners Tuesday and testing children 8 years and younger for lead. The tax rebates don’t apply to the school portions of the tax bills.

Commissioners also voted to spend $2.5 million of sales tax money to improve infrastructure in the area and remove soil contaminated by adjacent industries. They also authorized engineering and design work for the storm drainage system and allocated money to reopen and operate the Hyde Park Community Center.

Hyde Park residents have contended for more than 20 years that contamination in the area has caused health problems.

Environmental reports indicate there are four pockets of contamination in Hyde Park, but levels are not high enough to harm residents.

The city also will apply for federal grants and loans to help owners improve their property.

Tuesday’s vote to invest tax money in improving Hyde Park follows years of meetings and studies.

The initiatives are the result of months of meetings between Hyde Park residents and an Augusta subcommittee led by Commissioner Don Grantham.

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