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Concerns prompt environmental investigation at St. Charles village offices

The village of St. Charles is investigating possible environmental contamination at its village offices. (Photo: EPA/MGN)

ST. CHARLES, Mich. – The village of St. Charles is investigating possible environmental contamination at its village offices.

The investigation comes after concerns raised by employees and the public about the environmental condition of the building.

During a Wednesday meeting, the village council approved a $24,335 proposal from Saginaw-base AKT Peerless to perform testing and analysis of air, ground water and soil quality of the offices.

AKT Peerless and the village will work in close collaboration with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to determine the best course of action for remediation of the site at 110 W. Spruce Street.

Any plan chosen would meet MDEQ approval, according to St. Charles Village Manager Matthew Lane.

“There was a long discussion about the questions we have regarding the extent of the situation and I think there is consensus that something has to be done to, one, find out what we are dealing with, and two, to prepare and execute an appropriate plan to resolve it,” said Lane.

The Village Council also approved a series of budget amendments to provide the funds necessary to complete the proposed project.

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