Seymour’s aldermen heard confirmation Thursday that there is contamination in the shallow groundwater at the Hot Spot gas station and convenience store located at the intersection of East Clinton Avenue (Business 60) and North Frances Street.
City Administrator Hillary Gintz shared with the Seymour Board of Aldermen at the group’s regular meeting that she had received an e-mail from Ken Koon, the tanks section chief for the DNR’s Environmental Remediation Program, which confirmed that the Hot Spot — referred to as the Seymour Food Mart by the DNR — was responsible for the leaking of gasoline near the intersection.
Koon, providing an update to Gintz and the city on behalf of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, wrote in his e-mail, “We have received a report of the work done in July. It shows contamination in shallow groundwater in the area of the water-service line to the Food Mart station.”
Koon’s e-mail continued, “We will be asking them (the Hot Spot) to continue to investigate to find the extent of the contamination and the potential ingress point into the sewer line. We will also be requiring that they take over the maintenance and operation of the sewer fan.”
His correspondence indicated that a letter to the Hot Spot on taking over the maintenance and operation of the sewer fan, which is been in operation for nearly two years, starting in October 2019, was sent on the week of Aug. 16.
“From what (Koon) wrote to me, my belief is that the Hot Spot will take over all maintenance of the fan in front of Ralph and Frances Davis’ home on North Frances Street,” Gintz told the aldermen.
Gintz was asked about the city’s current expenses over the past two years on the fan.
“It’s at least $5,000,” she responded. “We’ve not yet done a complete audit of our costs, but they are significant.”
Among the city’s costs for the fan are manpower, including overtime pay, diesel fuel and electricity.
When asked what tests were next for the Hot Spot or the DNR, Gintz said she wasn’t certain.
“I can find that out,” she said. “What I’m sharing with you is what the DNR is sharing with me.”
Gintz added that full credit for the good communication between the city and the DNR goes to State Sen. Karla Eslinger, R-Wasola, who represents Webster County in the 33rd Senatorial District.
“Karla stays in constant communication with me on this issue,” she said. “I can’t say enough to her credit for what she has done to get and keep the ball rolling.”