OAKWOOD — Village trustees received an update Monday night on the village's attempt to gain possession of the former truck stop located on the north side of the Oakwood interchange with I-74.
Mayor Robert Jennings said a firm, CW3M Company of Springfield, has been contacted and is interested in taking care of the the underground tanks and contaminated soil at the site.
Jennings told the board that CW3M is a leading environmental consulting and engineering firm that has vast experience in this type of work.
However, Jennings said that the firm cannot begin any type of work on the site until the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency inspect the site and determine that there is contamination on the premises. Once that has been completed and the village takes legal possession, the company can move in and begin the clean up process.
Village attorney P. Stephen Miller told the board that he has been in contact with the company that has been handling the foreclosure of the former truck stop property and is waiting for the firm to clear the property through the foreclosure process. Miller said once that occurs a negotiation process could begin, which Miller felt would be brief, since the company is anxious to get rid of the property.
Miller said he has also had discussions with county officials about forgiving the outstanding claims for unpaid real estate taxes.
Miller said once the village obtains possession of the property, the IEPA would use funds from its Leaking Underground Storage Tanks fund to cover the cost of the clean up.
Jennings said that once the site is cleaned up, he feels the property could be quickly sold to one of several interested developers.
While no source of funds have been identified for purchasing and improving the property by the village, Jennings said he is not in favor of one such option.