In May, the Council passed a resolution authorizing Ambient Environmental, Inc., to complete asbestos and lead-based paint testing on the shacks at the Furgary Boat Club. That resolution indicated that the amount to be paid for this testing would not exceed $4,500. As it happens, Ambient has taken more than a hundred samples from the site, from layer upon layer of building materials, and has now upped the cost of doing the analysis to $11,262. A resolution was before the Council on Tuesday to authorize taking the addition $6,762 from the fund balance, but the aldermen balked at passing it.
The goal of doing environmental testing was the possibility of avoiding the cost of demolition by having the structures razed by DPW workers. The alternative, Council president Don Moore explained, was to "contract it out and treat it all as hazardous waste."
Observing that the new amount nearly trebled the original amount, Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward) declared it a waste of money. "We know it's dirty," he argued.
It was decided that the Council would get an estimate from Meyers Contracting for the demolition, treating everything on the site as hazardous waste, and any action on the resolution authorizing more money for asbestos and lead-based paint testing would be deferred until an estimate for demolition was obtained.
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