City may stop ‘burying’ of basements

If a building is torn down, ordinance may require that basements be dug out in demolition

New Hampton City Council directed City Attorney Kevin Kennedy on Monday to draft an ordinance directing that when a building is demolished, specific additional materials such as the basement should not be buried.
Street Superintendent Junior Mai followed up with the Department of Natural Resources. None of the “wood material” of the house can be buried per DNR requirements, he said.
A concrete foundation, however, can be buried “as long as a hole is put in the basement floor,” Mai said, citing the DNR.
— For more on this story, see the July 6 New Hampton Tribune.

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