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Asbestos removal to cost nearly $1 million

Bret Dodd of RQAW Corp. reported Monday morning to the Harrison County Board of Commissioners that asbestos removal at the old hospital could cost triple the amount estimated.
The removal of asbestos is one of the first physical actions in the $13 million to $15 million county government complex project at the old hospital campus in Corydon.
Dodd said to mitigate the asbestos ‘ which is a naturally occurring silicate mineral that can be toxic when its fibers are inhaled ‘ will cost $800,000 to $900,000. The original estimate in the budget was between $200,000 and $300,000.
‘It’s on everything,’ Dodd said.
He said the company accessing the asbestos in the building, AsbesTECH Inc., began nearly a month ago and said asbestos was found throughout the building.
‘What they encountered was somewhat different than the (original) report,’ Dodd said. ‘It’s not what we considered in the budget ‘ we can do some things to offset that.’
He said it wasn’t necessarily an error on the part of the original estimate but a more detailed examination of the building and the passing of time increased the scope of the problem.
The board gave Dodd the go-ahead to send out bid specifications for the Purdue Cooperative Extension building, the health and education center, the government complex and the asbestos work.
The board will open a portion of the bids at a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse in Corydon.
In related matters Monday morning, Harrison County Community Foundation executive director Steve Gilliland updated the board on the riverboat gaming funds replenishment of the $9 million grant from the Foundation to the county for the old hospital government complex. He said Horseshoe Southern Indiana has had ‘a little bit of an off year,’ with only two months exceeding revenue from last year. Gilliland said at this rate, the replenishment should be complete by July.
Also at the meeting, Capt. Eric Fischer of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department requested seven new police cruiser vehicles for the department. Fischer said many of the vehicles have more than 100,000 miles on them.
Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes said he would like to see seven cars retired when seven are purchased. Mathes and Commissioner James Goldman (Terry Miller was absent) advised Fischer he needs to return to the board with a detailed list of department vehicles and mileage before the additional appropriation will be considered to be sent on to the county council.
‘We’re the ultimate rule when it comes to the cars,’ Goldman said. ‘You need to inform somebody of that.’
Mathes said he had no problem buying seven new cars, but he didn’t want to make the department bigger.
The board sent a request of $56,900 to the council for the Regional Sewer District’s 2010 budget. The sewer district did not request a budget in 2009, but instead used remaining funds from the previous year. The district plans to focus project funds on the Lanesville Interchange area, secretary Darin Duncan said.
‘I’m glad to hear you talk about the Lanesville Interchange,’ Mathes said. ‘I always thought that should be a priority.’