Traffic moves through the intersection of Main and State
streets Wednesday afternoon in Hartford. The city has
approved a contract in order to receive a grant of up to
$150,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Develop Corp. to
assess contamination in eight land parcels near the
HARTFORD — City officials have approved an agreement
with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. that could
bring the city $150,000 in grant money. The money will
further help the city assess what measures could be
taken to mitigate soil contamination in several lots
near the intersection of Main and State streets that
city officials have called the “bookend project.” The
city learned in May it could receive the funds if it
approves the agreement they signed off on earlier this
Redevelopment of that area at the north edge of the
city’s downtown will be another step toward completing
the city’s downtown redevelopment plan.
“This site (eight parcels) was identified in the
downtown redevelopment plan as a key site for
multi-family housing,” said City Planner Justin Drew in
an executive summary written to other city officials.
2016, city staff in conjunction with Washington County
and the Environmental Protection Agency used funds in
two phases of a federal re-mediation program which
indicated widespread contamination of the soil with lead
and arsenic as well as polynuclear aromatic
grant will allow us to continue site investigation;
conduct a hazardous material survey and abatement plan;
and demolish the existing buildings to assist in the
site investigation, with the assumption that asbestos is
likely present,” said City Administrator Steve Volkert.
“Will the money go into a special city fund?” asked
Alderman Roger Randolph.
the grant is a matching grant that requires the city and
developer to spend at least $75,000 first in order to
receive the entire $150,000 grant,” Volkert said.
money will come from the general fund then?” Randolph
money will come from the general fund now, but the
project is located in the new TIF district so eventually
the city will be reimbursed for those expenses through
the increased taxes generated in that district when new
development takes place,” said Mayor Tim Michalak.
Volkert said approving the grant agreement is a “crucial
piece” of the redevelopment plan.
moves all parties involved closer to the goal of new
development,” Volkert said. “The plans that come out of
this grant can be used to apply for a WEDC Brownfields
Grant, which can pay up to 30 percent of the cost of
cleanup or mitigation with a maximum of $500,000.”
grant expires at the end of 2017.
the whole (Hartford) downtown area there’s actually
about 31 parcels that are within a block of the Rubicon
River and are adjacent to residential neighborhoods that
we’ll be looking at for potential assessment by using
(other) grant funds we just received,” said Washington
County Planning and Parks Deputy Administrator Debora
Sielski. “The sites themselves are either ‘real’ or
‘perceived’ brownfields,” Sielski said. “It’s not that
these parcels are contaminated funds can be used to
assess them to determine if they are contaminated or
not. The perception of brownfields can really hamper
redevelopment because of all of the unknowns. The
assessments could change the perception for the good.”