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St. Clair County commission OKs potential archaeological work on proposed NGA site

The St. Clair County Public Building Commission on Thursday approved going forward with an archaeology mitigation plan for the proposed National Geospatial Intelligence Agency site near MidAmerica Airport.

Part of the proposed site has “significant research value, and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places,” according to a county memo to commissioners.

Dan Trapp, MidAmerica Airport director of planning, said artifacts were previously discovered during a survey for the Reider Road interchange construction.

He added the artifacts were from mid-19th century homesteads of German settlers.

County officials plan to move forward with the mitigation plan, which would cost up to $160,400 according to commission documents, if St. Clair County is ultimately chosen for the future NGA location.

The NGA would like “one clean site that they have no other work to do and is ready to go,” Trapp said.

$160,400 Maximum amount the St. Clair County Public Building Commission authorized for an archeological mitigation plan for the proposed National Geospatial Intelligence Agency site near to MidAmerica Airport and Scott Air Force Base.

Trapp added removing the artifacts is the only remaining issue with the land, which the county has offered to give to the NGA for free.

Work would be done by Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Trapp added artifacts that are recovered would be displayed in the MidAmerica passenger terminal.

Other items

▪  Commissioners approved a contract with Superior Equipment Company to replace two above-ground fuel tanks at MidAmerica for $85,900.

▪  Commissioners approved the final accounting for a renovation to the St. Clair County Jail lobby and investigations office. The project, meant to increase security at the jail, came in about $20,000 under projected costs.

▪  MidAmerica Airport officials received approval to have a load rating performed on an airport service road bridge. The bridge, which is used by farmers, is in poor condition, and officials want to see how much weight it can handle. The load rating is set to cost $7,500 and will be conducted by consulting engineers Crawford, Murphy and Tilly.

The bridge, located south of the Norfolk Southern railroad, is on a road that previously was part of Illinois 4.

MidAmerica Airport inherited the road from the Illinois Department of Transportation when Illinois 4 was relocated to the east.

Trapp said airport personnel plan to put signage that says the bridge is poor condition and people should use it at their own risk.

Next meeting

When: 3 p.m. Oct. 22

Where: 10 Public Square Conference Room B-564, Belleville.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter