Removal of Glory Days debris complete


HERKIMER — A vacant lot now makes up the space where the former Glory Days building once stood.

Officials said Thursday cleanup has been completed at 248 N. Main St., where there has been a pile of debris after the demolition of the building in June 2015.

 

"The cooperation from the village makes it easier," said Gregory DeAngelis, on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, during a telephone interview Thursday. "It doesn’t happen all the time. We were allowed to move through the project pretty quickly once we got boots on the ground."

DeAngelis said Guardian Environmental Services, who contracts with the EPA, performed the work on the site. "We have dedicated contractors that work with the EPA to do this kind of work," he said, noting removal started about on or about Oct. 11.

While the building was demolished in June 2015, the village left the debris at the location because of the high costs associated with removal. The village learned in May the site became eligible for cleanup through the EPA’s Superfund because samples of the building material taken before the demolition showed they contained asbestos.

"It was under an emergency order. The village had taken down the building without [asbestos] removal because of the order to take it down," said DeAngelis. "Once that happens, the whole pile of rubble becomes asbestos contaminated."

DeAngelis met with village officials and potential contractors on the removal project in September. He said the specialized work could only be done by contractors certified to handle the removal of asbestos containing material.

DeAngelis said to remove the material, trucks lined with plastic had to be filled and then sealed.

"[It] gets wrapped in the truck like a big burrito and then taken to the Oneida-Herkimer [Solid Waste Authority] landfill, where they bury it," he said.

 

DeAngelis said 61 trucks were used to remove the 1,553 tons of debris.

He also said the village provided about 700 cubic yards of backfill.

"That was a big help," he said, about have the backfill supply. "The sample of that material came back clean. So there was some cost savings there."

He said some small crushed stone will finish off the top at the site.

Herkimer Mayor Tony Brindisi said during a telephone interview Thursday the debris cleanup came at no cost to the village taxpayers. It did cost the village about $50,000 to demolish the building after a partial collapse that led to an emergency order to take the building down.

The cost for the removal and clean-up was approximately $350,000.

"If the owner had abated the building to begin with, it maybe would have cost just under $100,000," said Brindisi.

 

The mayori said he doesn’t really have any expectations at this point for what to do with the vacant lot as it’s still owned by a private individual.

"There are still liens on it. The EPA has put a lien on it because of the costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars," he said. "I don’t know what’s going to happen to it. There are also back taxes on it."

Brindisi said he knows what he would like to see happen. "I’d like to see something really productive in there," he said. "Something positive. I’m thankful it’s cleaned up."

Source: http://www.timestelegram.com/news/20161103/removal-of-glory-days-debris-complete

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