Marysville gives residents a chance to discuss marina cleanup

MARYSVILLE — The city is giving residents a chance to learn more about a grant that could be used to help clean up the Geddes Marina.

The city bought the Geddes Marina from Ed and Susan Geddes in July 2010. The main focus of the city at the time of the $1.9 million purchase was cleaning up contaminated soil and groundwater at the 5-acre property at 1326 First St., west of Ebey Waterfront Park. It remains a focal point today, said engineering services manager Shawn Smith.

“At this point it’s to clean up for the future sale to developers,” he said.

A meeting is scheduled at 6 tonight at the Marysville Library to discuss the city’s application for a $550,000 Environmental Protection Agency brownfields multi-purpose pilot grant. “Brownfields” refer to propery where use or sale is complicated by hazardous substances or pollutants. The grant would be used for assessment and remediation of contaminated soils on the site.

The grant money must be used within three years and includes $350,000 for assessment work and $200,000 for cleanup, Smith said. The city is required to match $40,000 should it receive the award.

The application from the city to the Environmental Protection Agency is due Feb. 10. The grant money is expected to go to one applicant in a region that includes Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho.

“The selection won’t occur until summer,” Smith said.

Applicants must have received a brownfields grant in 2003 or later, he added. Marysville was awarded a $200,000 brownfields grant in 2009 to clean up hazardous material at property formally used as a sawmill, log yard and boat-manufacturing facility at 60 State Ave. The city also applied for a $200,000 brownfields cleanup grant in November but has not yet heard if it will receive the money, Smith said.

Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.

Learn more at tonight’s meeting

An open house to learn more about the city’s application process for a grant to clean up the Geddes Marina is scheduled at 6 tonight at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St.

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