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Paperwork delays demolition of Parishville Town Barn

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PARISHVILLE - Some unexpected extra paperwork has delayed the demolition of Parishville’s old town barn located on state Route 72.

“Right now we’re waiting on the New York State Department of Labor. We need to get all that is necessary to request a variance from them for some reason or another. It was kind of a surprise to all of us when they stopped our work over there,” Town Supervisor Rodney G. Votra said. “The asbestos has been all removed and taken out of there so basically we’re just at the demolition process itself.”

Town officials awarded a $48,000 bid to Independent Commercial Contractors, Inc., Lorraine, in late March for the labor. The payment includes a $20,000 base bid for the removal of friable asbestos and $28,000 for the demolition and disposal of the building.

According to NYS Department of Labor Associate Safety and Health Engineer Vincent Rapacciuolo, the variance should be taken care of within the week.

“We get about 4,000 variances per year. The variance for (Parishville) is currently on one our engineer’s desks and that variance will have a decision probably (Friday.) If it’s not done (Friday) then it will be done early next week,” he said.

“A variance is needed any time the requirements deal with Code Rule 56, which has to do with asbestos abatement. The time for those generally is about two weeks, and it could be more or less depending on how many we get during the given week.”

On top of the $48,000 price tag, the town is required to supply an independent air monitor for the work since they own the building. A bid of just under $7,000 from Atlantic Testing in Canton to provide that work was approved in March.

“We’ve been delayed now for about three or four weeks. The project would have been complete had we not been required to wait for this variance,” Mr. Votra said. “Basically now we just wait for the variance to be approved by the state and the others that they have to do ahead of ours. ... It’s not going to be a problem moving forward, it’s just a piece of paperwork that we need to be signed.”

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