A contract was awarded to Savage Dirt Works, pending they meet bidding and insurance requirements, to tear the buildings down for $27,500. This includes $17,000 to tear down 110 East Robinson, $8,000 to demolish a garage behind 110 East Robinson and $2,500 to demolish 108 East Robinson. There were four bidders for this contract. Sealed bids were opened by Mayor Don Zoutte at the council meeting.
Asbestos testing was not performed prior to the council meeting. Stewart said, "We don't expect a lot of asbestos in there."
An asbestos tester was contacted by Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik, who put the testing price between $295-395. Abatement of asbestos, if discovered, could be up to $4,500.
"The faster we can get it done, the better," Councilor April Verwers said of the demolition. Demolition could take 3-4 weeks.
Look for more on the council in the May 24 print edition.