BUTTE - The first phase of removing buried mine waste, known as the Parrot Tailings, off of Civic Center Road is wrapping up. Now, the project gets a little more complicated.
“First step is to move the county shops and then get going with the removal of the tailings underground,” said Butte Superfund Coordinator Jon Sesso.
Before it can move its maintenance shop, the county must build a new one off of Beef Trail Road. The Council of Commissioners recently accepted Markovich Constructions $12.2 million bid to build the new shop. The county plans to move two of the buildings from the current shop to the new location.
“We will be building a new administrative building at the new facility on Beef Trail, we’ll be building a new mechanic’s facility, where we repair all the county vehicles,” said Sesso.
The county will continue using the current shop until the new one is ready.
“One thing that we do have some concerns about, but we’re going to get through them, is where we’ll put our winter snow removal stuff for heated storage, but we’re just going to have to work with the contractor and try to work things out,” said Public Works Director Mark Neary.
A project of this magnitude with so many moving parts is complicated, but they hope to have the project completed by 2022.
“By next winter, we’ll be in the new facility then the demolition of the rest of the facility at Civic Center Road hopefully will commence mid to late 2020,” said Sesso.