By John M. O’Hara
With oil spill remediation still underway at both Somerville High School and the DPW yard, the details of how the city will fund the effort are still being ironed out.
The Board of Aldermen was presented with a glut of invoices Feb. 8 relating to the remediation at the high school from the oil spill over Christmas break. Total costs incurred were $268,000 and city officials have projected a total cleanup cost of $400,000, proposing to cover it with a municipal bond for the same to cover it, Pero said.
Due to the many invoices, aldermen determined the issue should be revisited at a later date so they could assess the costs with due diligence and allow the remaining invoices to come in, Pero said.
“Of course, we just want to provide the proper oversight and make sure the city is getting its money’s worth from the contractor,” he said.
In the meantime, an oil leak was discovered at the DPW yard and remediation was begun by Commonwealth Tank Company, the same firm working at the high school.
“Now the administration will probably combine the requests,” said Alderman-at-Large William A. White.