City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The city has contracted with the engineering firm Draper-Aden to conduct gas monitoring at the old Jefferson Park landfill site in the Dearington neighborhood. Weather permitting, the drilling and field activity will be conducted on December 9, 10, and 11 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  On November 5, 2014, the City held a meeting at Dearington Elementary School with neighborhood residents to inform them about issues regarding an old landfill that was located in the Dearington neighborhood. Residents were informed that an important step in determining how the City should address the problems with the landfill would be to conduct gas monitoring.

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The project area includes the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Center fields between Chambers Street and York Street and the playground between Chambers Street, Second Street and North York Street east of Dearington Elementary School.  Dearington residents and property owners have received a newsletter outlining the project and what to expect.

The City, Draper-Aden and Lynchburg City Schools are also partnering to provide a learning opportunity for STEM students at Dearington Elementary. Students will work with a geologist to understand the basic life cycle of a landfill, how testing is conducted, and other related topics.

The City expects to receive a final report on the gas monitoring in January 2015.