Canton to consider asbestos cleanup proposals from contractors for M.R. Bell building
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:52 am

By ADAM ATKINSON

CANTON – With the asbestos study complete at the former M.R. Bell service station property at 30 Riverside Dr., the village has circulated requests for proposals for remediation, abatement, demolition and disposal of the materials and structures at the site.

Village Mayor Mike Dalton said that proposals had been circulated to three contractors. The village thus far has heard back from two, and was waiting to hear back from the third.

“So its not appropriate to talk about numbers right now,” Dalton said at a village board meeting Monday, Oct. 16.

Atlantic Testing Laboratories tested 38-bulk samples of suspect materials at the site for around $3,300.

Small percentages of asbestos were found in the roofing materials on an addition to the original building.

The tarpaper of the roof on the main building also contained asbestos, about 3.7 percent according to the report.

Trace amounts -- less than 1 percent -- of asbestos were found in interior ceiling panels and some small amounts of the substance were found in some white joint compound in the interior of the main building.

“It wasn’t as involved as we thought it would be,” said Dalton.

The village and town are interested in acquiring the property for future redevelopment and are working with the state and county on a deal which would take the lot off the foreclosure list. The state has agreed to clean-up and environmental issues found below ground if the municipalities take ownership of the lot and clean up the above ground structures there.

The town and village have capped the potential cost for demolition work at the site at $30,000.