December 30, 2010

City to Review Options After Cleanup Bid Exceeds $160,000

Sticker shock might be an understatement for how the Memphis City Council reacted when bids were opened for the cleanup project on the south corner of the east side of the city square at a special meeting December 16th.

The council reviewed a lone bid for the proposed cleanup of the two collapsed buildings from an Iowa-based company. The price tag exceeded $160,000 for removal of all of the remaining debris and installation of fill to return the lot to a level surface.

Superintendent Roy Monroe indicated DNR reviews of the site had identified a potential source of asbestos, pipe insulation surrounding the plumbing in the basement of one of the buildings.

Due to the presence of the potentially hazardous material, government regulations require an asbestos abatement team be present for the clean-up process to identify the materials and insure they are disposed of appropriately. The remainder of the debris will then be trucked to any area landfill for disposal. The bid estimated the landfill costs at $60,000.

The council voted 3-0 to reject the bid and research other options.

Monroe was instructed to meet with the DNR representatives to determine how much more, if any, of the remaining debris could be removed and classified as clean fill.

Previous inspections had allowed the city to remove several dozen dump truck loads of brick for use as fill in construction projects.

The city will also investigate the feasibility of having an employee attending training for certification as an asbestos inspector who could oversee this cleanup project and be able to address future issues.

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