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Former Toney Petroleum site to be demolished

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The former Toney Petroleum site, a longtime eyesore whose date with the wrecking ball has been mired in red tape for years, is being demolished.

The Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday received a bid from W Enterprises to raze the buildings and remove debris from the city-owned John Street property, which is overrun by stray cats.

The board is expected to approve the $17,120 bid next week. The city sought quotes for the project from three other companies, but W Enterprises submitted the only proposal.

“If everything goes well, probably within a month or six weeks all of the structures on that property should be gone,” code enforcement officer Barry Lewis said following the meeting.

The city acquired the site in 2018 from Indianapolis-based Sustainable Solutions, which had taken over the property from Tri County Petroleum Ind. Corp. in 2015, property records show.

Demolition plans were delayed by ground contamination from the petroleum tanks, which have been removed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Monitoring equipment remains on site.

Lewis said a buyer is interested in the site, but selling the property requires IDEM approval.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted bids for street department equipment. A $30,507 bid was accepted from York Chrysler of Crawfordsville for a 2021 pickup truck. A $69,900 bid was accepted from Brown Equipment Co. of Evansville for a leaf vacuum.

• Approved a $60,000 agreement with Commonwealth Engineers Inc. for stormwater and wastewater improvements. The city received grant money from the state to fund a study of the systems.

• Approved a request for the street department to remove trash from a property at 1002 Tuttle Ave. owned by Josette Lambert.

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