Yesterday, I announced today the creation of a new Scofieldtown Area Remediation Task Force to provide guidance to City boards, commissions, and administration in dealing with the problems presented by contamination in and around the former Scofieldtown dump.
I am establishing this ad hoc task force because it is clear that this issue will require coordination, community input, and complex decision-making for years to come. It is my hope that this task force can be a group that advises the City’s elected boards, advocates for solutions in the public interest, and provides the next Mayor and his staff with a helpful, independent perspective on this issue. I also believe that it can be a way for those members of the community who are so powerfully affected or concerned by the contamination to have their voice be heard.
The Task Force consists of six members. They include Board of Representatives members Harry Day, Randall Skigen, and Mitchell Kaufman; Board of Finance member Joseph Tarzia; Environmental Protection Board member and local resident Leigh Shemitz; and local resident Yossi Stern. The Mayor identified Director of Operations Ben Barnes, City Engineer Lou Casolo, Health Director Dr. Johnnie Lee, and Environmental Protection Board Executive Director David Emerson as staff available to inform and assist the Task Force.
The first meeting has been set for November 16, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. at a location to be determined.