Ten drums containing 550 gallons of the federally-banned pesticide DDT, stored in a Parks Department shed at the city's Botanical Gardens for more than 20 years, will be removed next week, North Tonawanda City Engineer Dale W. Marshall said Friday .
He said a contract was signed with Environmental Products and Services of Buffalo to remove and dispose of the pesticide, once used by the city to spray trees and mosquitoes. Environmental Products submitted a low bid of $6,800 for the work, Marshall said.
The drums were discovered recently by Parks Department Foreman Larry W. Kuebeler, who asked Marshall to identify the contents.
Third Ward Alderman Joseph F. Liberto has asked that Parks Director Donald A. Gane be disciplined for "neglect of duty" in not disposing of the drums. Gane, who recently returned to work from eight months of sick leave, said he was unaware of their contents.