Demolition of this town-owned home on 5107 49 Avenue showed asbestos in the exterior stucco

Town-owned home demolition costs increase

Demolition of a town-owned building is going to cost an additional $28,000 due to the presence of asbestos.

Demolition of a town-owned building is going to cost an additional $28,000 due to the presence of asbestos.

Town council was apprised of the need to increase the house’s demolition budget to $40,000, up from $12,000, from the building development reserve during the regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14.

An inspection conducted by RH Services in May of the property on 5107 49 Avenue showed asbestos in the exterior stucco, interior plaster of the walls and the ceiling throughout house.

Dave McPhee, director of operations and property services, said he requested a second opinion of the demolition after some concern about the building materials. With the amount of asbestos in the building, he said it becomes a more intense process for the contractor, VISCO Contractors, the same company demolishing Town Hall this summer.

This cost is still within range of the original estimate conducted by Kelsey Hycha, the town’s facility foreman, who estimated a cost of $60,000 to $65,000. At the time, the town requested an inspection and assessment by Home Alyze of Red Deer.

The company’s estimate came in well under the predicted cost at $12,000 with assessment of the building conducted although it does not appear that asbestos was indicated as an issue.

The presence of asbestos highlights the challenges that residents and municipalities across the country face. Abatement of the material, which is linked to several cancers including lung and ovarian cancer, falls to the users and municipalities leaving them on the hook for the high abatement costs.

Coun. Sandra Lyon asked about individual homeowners and what their responsibility would be if they were faced with a similar situation. Those individuals must also comply with regulations, explained Tim Schmidt, director of planning and development, but the town has no way to police it.

He added that the town can request information on the materials to be disposed of.

Whether councillors agree or disagree is irrelevant to the situation. “We are bound by law as a municipality to follow legislation,” said McPhee.

There were other town-owned buildings neighbouring this building that have been demolished but it is believed no tests were done on those before demolition.

A breakdown of demolition costs show $16,500 for abatement of hazardous materials, $17,500 basic demolition and $5,500 for back fill and topsoil fill.

Councillors Carla Prediger and Teri Underhill voted against the request.

 

Just Posted

Yellow Vest Canada members make trip to Ponoka

A small group of Yellow Vest Canada members gathered at the Ponoka… Continue reading

Two wooden play structures in Ponoka set to be removed

No immediate plans to replace playground equipment

Sink hole from rain causes sewer line issue

Affected residents can now safely flush toilets

Bashaw seed cleaning plant holds official opening

New facility operating well since January

Friesian Horse Show celebrates FHANA’s 35th anniversary in style

FHANA’s 35th anniversary “a milestone”

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Lightning hits pair of vehicles near Ponoka

AMA urges drivers to stay safe when storms roll in

Maskwacis RCMP seek public assistance to locate missing female

Maskwacis RCMP is asking for public assistance to locate 26-year-old Crystal Rowan.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read