ASHLAND - For years Ashland has been trying to preserve one of its icons by turning it into a maritime activity center.Officials say Xcel Energy Northern States Power hit Ashland with a lawsuit for clean-up costs of the Superfund Project which entails bulldozing some of Ashland’s historic buildings and cleaning up contamination.
Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen says right now it would not be wise to commit to the monetary responsibilities that come with taking ownership of the oredock until the financial liability with the Superfund is resolved.
"I'm keeping a positive attitude towards it and think we'll be able to move forward and put this to rest and everybody will be able to walk away with what they're looking for," said Whalen.
The entire upper structure of the oredock has been torn down.
Only the base is remaining, which is what city officials are hoping to keep to turn into a maritime tourist attraction.
Whalen says he will not stop pursuing this venture.
He is hoping to have this lawsuit cleared up with the superfund site in the next six months.