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

Snow flies at Ponoka Legion’s Flags of Remembrance ceremony

Despite the chilly weather, 128 Maple Leaf flags were raised at Ponoka’s Centennial Park

Ponoka senior Broncs take second win of season

The Broncs defeated the Wetaskiwin Sabres at home

Young Ponoka barrel racer one to watch

Janae McDougall won Lakeland and Wildrose Rodeo Association peewee barrel racing

Ron Orr to return for another run as MLA

Lacombe-Ponoka UCP contest won by incumbent MLA

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Robbery report at outlet mall turns out to be fake: police

Leduc RCMP respond to weapons complaint at premium outlet collection mall

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Most Read