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Spring Valley keeps trimming asbestos removal costs

By Sari Gordon

SPRING VALLEY—Asbestos removal costs got attention from the Spring Valley Village Board at the latest meeting.

A representative from Cedar Corporation, village engineering firm from Menomonie, posed several questions for the final asbestos removal bid narrative for the vacant nursing home demolition. The goal is to reduce as many costs as possible from the proposed project.

Tests have been performed recently and more are scheduled. These tests should also help narrow the scope of the project. So far, the cost has been reduced by approximately $20,000.

Among the questions were:

--Does the village want the materials removed? For now, the cost-effective option is to bury it and develop the site as green space. The board would like the bid to include all options.

--Does the village want the shingles removed before the asbestos abatement? The village responded the preference is to get bids from local contractors for some of the work.

--Does the village want to keep or remove leftover concrete and bricks? Bricks might be kept for commemorative purposes, but options are desired.

The engineering firm reported the ash waste from the asbestos will qualify as demolition debris, not hazardous waste, and therefore will not be as expensive. The final document should be ready for action at the next board meeting.

For more please read the July 16 print version of the Herald.