Comments by e-mail on the demolition of the Carver School in 2015

I would like to start with the Carver School.  The Carver School is as extremely important to some as SHE is to others.  It was interesting to note that in an April 26, 2013 e-mail, Robert Farley met with Charles Boone who agreed to demolish the building AFTER MAY DAY at no cost to the Town.  He stated they agreed to wait until after May due to safety reasons.  The Mayor replied “Good to hear that Mr.
Boone will demolish Carver at no cost to the Town.  Don’t understand the rational/need to wait until after May Day/due to Safety reasons.  Could you provide the reason?”

 

As you know the Carver Building stands strong.  It is a concrete block building which unfortunately has asbestos inside.  Asbestos is hazardous when airborne; if inhaled, tiny particles can cause lung or stomach cancer.  Tearing asbestos releases tiny airborne particles, so it’s best to cover or otherwise control asbestos rather than removing.  If it’s completely intact and in good condition, asbestos is not dangerous, although some people complain of headaches.

 

Removal costs vary widely depending upon the circumstances.  Removing a 10 foot section of asbestos pipe insulation could be $400-$650.  Some contractors have a minimum fee of $1,500-3000 no matter how small the Job is.  For a complete removal of asbestos from walls, floors, ceilings, attic, roof and pipes it could be as high as $20,000-30,000.  Any portion of removal from a building is clearly marked as a hazard area and the Environmental Protection Agency provides details.

 

Do-it-yourself asbestos removal is discouraged because improper handling creates a real hazard.  Only a trained asbestos professional (who wears hazmat suits) should remove asbestos.  The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization outlines guidelines for choosing a qualified asbestos contractor.  We were supposed to secure an asbestos abatement contractor to inspect the Carver School. The only bid received after checking the Boiler room was $3,500.  And many of the people of the Town would like the Carver School to have the asbestos removed from room to room, being able to utilize the room where the asbestos was removed and replaced by new materials.

 

Knowing that the Carver School contained asbestos for which if demolished improperly would cause a real health hazard for those in White Springs really does not set right.  Yet the Mayor did a study with the UF Students at the Carver School which cost some $25,000 without council approval.  That $25,000 could have gone a long way by having a professional remove asbestos from one or two classrooms. The Carver School architecture is the most beautiful of the town.

 

If the Town decides to do anything about the Carver School, please understand: There must be confirmation (in writing) that the inspection will include a complete visual examination and lab analysis of carefully collected samples, plus frequent site visits to ensure the work is being done properly. A list of accredited laboratories is provided by Environment, Health and Safety Online.

 

The written contract should list details of the work and cleanup, and any federal, state and local regulations that must be followed, including notification and disposal procedures. To find out what these are, contact your state and local health departments and the EPA regional office.   When done, the contractor should provide a written statement saying all required procedures were followed.

 Thanks for the “heads up.” The Rauch Report show is designed for national news that we do our best to simplify so everybody can understand the issues. I’ll read local stories if I can somehow link it to a person living in another state. But I really don’t touch local issues. I can relate the Blanche hotel issues with any other city in America.

It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just the show has over 10K listeners via the internet streaming per show. (worldwide) If you want to run off listeners, talk about something they can’t relate to.

White Springs has money problems. Maybe if somebody could get Stephen Foster to have a renaissance festival over a period of time and use the profit to fix the town issues, things could get achieved. I’m using a renaissance festival as an idea because I know it make a lot of money from attendance alone.

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