Oil Drums, Chemicals Abandoned In City Park

Opponents Say Purchase Made For Political Gain. A brand-new city park could be the deciding factor in whether a small community survives or not. Leaders in Lakewood recently purchased its first city park. Opponents said it’s a rash decision that ignores serious pollution for political gain. There’s a wetlands lake with plenty of level woods. It seems like the perfect place for a park — until you look down. David Corley has lived next to this property for months. He has taken pictures of some of the abandoned oil drums and other chemicals left there, spilled and buried. “There’s cross ties, buried dozens of cross ties, and cross ties have arsenic in them,” Corley said. He and others want to know why the city rushed to buy the land before doing an environmental study. The land was purchased before the citywide vote about whether to stay Lakewood or become part of Metro. Lakewood’s future hangs in the balance, and people said that explains the quick purchase of a park: It’s about politics and survival. But city officials said that isn’t the case. City Commissioner Cathy McKellar said the purchase was quick because after the May flood, the 62 acres went from $800,000 down to $125,000. Lakewood votes on whether to remain a city or be dissolved into Metro on March 15. ((25 NOV 2010))

http://www.wsmv.com/news/25920980/detail.html

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http://www.fixmystreet.com/report/118027

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http://inphotos.org/rusted-and-abandoned/

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http://www.modbee.com/2009/03/04/620403/abandoned-oil-drum-keeps-authorities.html

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