As a followup to the case of the wayward bulldozer (What’s Going On At Secret Pond) posted last Friday, we learned that a project official with the state Department of Administration (DOA), as a courtesy and a matter of convenience, gave permission to the contractor to drop off the machine before the official project start date of Monday June 20, 2011. The project official later admitted that he failed to consider the environmental consequences.
As a project pre-construction meeting on Monday this week, the project official and the contractor made amends. The contractor agreed to remove the equipment, take it back to headquarters, clean off the soil and sanitize the earth-moving machine. In addition, the contractor will remove the torn up sod, and the sod on which the bulldozer sits, clean up any soil spills, and re-sod the affected lawn area.
On Wednesday afternoon, June 22, 2011, the earth mover is still in the Arboretum but expect that it will be removed and remediation work completed in the next few days.