January 21, 2019

Asbestos removal clears the way for use of old fire hall

The old fire hall has been cleared of asbestos and is ready for a tenant to take it over.

“The asbestos at the fire hall has been dealt with,” CAO Wayne Staudt said at the Sept. 15 council meeting. “So we have got a report from the consultant firm that oversaw the work.”

Staudt said that meant the building is now ready for any kind of construction work or a tenant.

While a Memorandum of Understand has been signed between the City of Cranbrook and the Cranbrook and District Arts Council, CAO Wayne Staudt confirmed that there are still “no definite plans for any group to move into the old fire hall at this time.”

At the end of August the city received a project closure report from Peak Environment Ltd, the professional consultant hired to oversee the project including the monitoring and inspecting services.

Peak Environment Ltd has certified that the building can be reoccupied without concerns regarding possible asbestos exposure.

Napp Enterprises was selected to perform the removal of hazardous and regulated materials.

The work was performed in accordance with WorkSafe BC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations regarding asbestos and other hazardous materials.

The project is reported to be coming in under budget, with the project expected to come in at $110,000. The initial budget was $130,000.

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Asbestos removal clears the way for use of old fire hall