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PARISHVILLE - Parishville town officials have opted to condemn the old town barn, located on State Route 72, and put the demolition of the structure out to bid after discussing the issue with town engineer John Carr.

Mr. Carr noted that the necessary steps are in place to start looking at opening bids for the building.

“The documents are all prepared. ... Basically we scheduled the bid with a base bid and we would need to remove all of the friable asbestos in the building. Then there will be an added cost to demolish and remove the building,” Mr. Carr said.

“Right now I am scheduled - the board can change this obviously - we’ve scheduled a pre-bid walk through for March 6, which is a Thursday in the morning. Received bids would be as scheduled on March 18 at 5 p.m. That could be postponed, but I wouldn’t suggest it that it be any shorter than that.”

Mr. Carr, who works for Blue Mountain Engineering out of Bangor, added that bidders will be required to honor their submissions for at least 45 days. This will give the board until May 1 to decide whether to award the contract.

“The way we have it scheduled right now is, the contractors pay all fees, including the Department of Labor fees which are pretty significant - a couple thousand or three grand. (Also) transport and disposal of all the waste, as well as daily (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) required monitoring for the air quality within the work zone,” Mr. Carr said.

“The other thing that the town has to do as owner of the building is to provide an independent air monitor. We got the proposals for that back in 2010, and I’ve already requested for them to update those proposals so that you have costs for your next meeting to have an idea of what that would cost you.”

There will be a 60-day completion requirement for the work, meaning that if the board approved the condemnation at their regular March meeting, the building’s work would likely not be complete until around Memorial Day.

According to the engineer, a cost of approximately $70,000 for the complete demolition and asbestos removal of the old town barn was provided by contractors who are currently doing work on the new building.

“The AmVets were kind enough to get proposals on the asbestos removal only, just the friable asbestos. They were jumping around pretty good but that was somewhere around $20,000 to $35,000 and that was a year ago,” Mr. Carr said.

“The reason for the bid alternate is there are two roofs. There’s the upper roof, which was added on top of the original roof - the original roof also has non-friable asbestos. So it’s a deal where you can take out the friable asbestos in the end without demolishing the upper roof. You could get rid of that material and then under what they call an applicable variance, a licensed abatement contractor could then demolish the roof.”

Mr. Carr pointed out to board members that for this to occur the Department of Labor would require a condemnation of the structure.

Councilwoman Keri E. Tremper made the motion to condemn the old town barn, which was seconded by Councilman Conrad Cook.

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