Demolition of the old YMCA in Hannibal is slated to begin sometime Monday, according to Tina Bartz, management assistant in the city’s public works department.
“Emory Smashey found an asbestos supervisor and plans to start Monday morning,” said Bartz, noting that Smashey, who is the contractor for the project, was given the notice to proceed on Nov. 29. “That gave him the right to hire a supervisor.”
The city received additional positive news Thursday regarding what specialized personnel it would have to hire and have on hand when the razing of the building takes place.
After preliminary discussions with the state, city building inspector Joey Burnham was left with the impression that the city would have to hire both an asbestos inspector and an asbestos removal supervisor. Until that distinction was made by the state it was assumed they were one in the same.
According to the DNR, there are subtle differences. A certified asbestos inspector must conduct all inspections and assessments. An asbestos abatement supervisor is an individual who directs, controls, or supervises others in asbestos abatement projects.
Being required to have one of each would have added at least a few thousand dollars to the total cost of the project. Because there are no asbestos inspection supervisors in the immediate area, one would have to be paid not only for their time on site, but for their travel. The last time the city hired an asbestos inspector, which was to oversee demolition of the Pafford building at 1236 Market St. in November 2010, it cost $150 an hour.
Burnham says that the DNR recently conferred with the Klingner and Associate’s inspector who performed last month’s asbestos inspection at the old YMCA and discovered small amounts of the material in a few locations. After that discussion the state concluded an asbestos inspector would not have to be on hand during the entire demolition.
“Non-friable” asbestos was found in the building during last month’s test. “Non-friable” asbestos is less likely to release fibers because they are bound or locked into place. Asbestos was found in the tar caulking around the roof’s parapet wall, in caulking around windows and in the tile and mastic on stair landings.
The contractor will have 45 working days to complete the project. The clock started when all the project’s documents were signed.