Asbestos removal yet to begin in Kingston firehouse

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Asbestos removal in the city’s Central Fire Station — to be done by a contractor who won the job in a coin toss — has yet to begin because the city still is awaiting paperwork from the contractor, a city official says.
Syracuse-based NRC Inc. was awarded the contract in an April 3 coin toss at City Hall, necessary because NRC and Sauquoit, N.Y-based Sullivan Contracting submitted identical $42,000 bids for the work.

But a month-and-a-half later, City Engineer Ralph Swenson says NRC has not yet submitted all the documents needed to finalize the contract.

It was not immediately clear when those documents would be in hand or when the work might begin.


The city received seven bids for the asbestos work in the 110-year-old fire station at 19 E. O’Reilly St. They ranged from $42,000 to $174,000.

The Kingston Common Council had authorized spending up to $100,000 for the work.

Swenson has said the asbestos is largely in pipe insulation in the basement of the firehouse, which dates to 1907-08.

The 1920s silver dollar used for the April coin toss belonged to city Senior Technician Alan Adin’s mother, Shirley. It was given to her by her mother, Anna Fero, perhaps in the 1930s, Adin has said.

A 2016 report by Peak Engineering found steel reinforcements in the firehouse’s concrete floor, where fire trucks are parked, had deteriorated significantly.

Also last year, the city hired the Latham engineering firm C.T. Male Associates to perform an environmental and structural study of the firehouse. The study found the firehouse needs nearly $4 million worth of repairs including about $860,000 for the floor.


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