Council Expected to Appoint Residents to Board on Votee Park Contamination
New advisory board to offer input on park soil contamination.
The Teaneck Township Council is likely to name members to an advisory board tonight created to offer input on dealing with soil contamination discovered in Milton Votee Park last year.
A resolution to name a chairperson and members to the board is on the council agenda for tonight’s meeting, with public input beginning at 8 p.m.
Since the board’s formation was announced, the township has reopened the 40-acre park after a review by state health officials. A small section in the southwest area contaminated with high levels of lead remains fenced off.
Officials must now choose a path forward in dealing with levels of soil contaminants found throughout the park.
The town’s central park was ordered closed Dec. 14 when officials were alerted to elevated levels of benzo(a)pyrene and PCBs under Votee’s soccer field. The contamination was discovered in tests required as part of a project using state Green Acres funds to install artificial turf on the fields. More contamination was found after officials ordered additional testing.
Soil contamination found in the park was above state guidelines, however, state environmental officials had cautioned the standards were conservative.