Abatement Bids For Steam Plant On Hold
The Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Steam Plant that was built in 1939 will need to be torn down at some point and before that happens, they will need to remove the asbestos and other hazardous materials from the building. CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan says they received three bids for the abatement. The bids range from just under $1.1 million to just under $1.4 million dollars. The bids were presented to the Board of Public Works Tuesday morning, but due to reservations by Rolfe McCoy, who could not be at the meeting, the decision on the bid was tabled.
The board did discuss the work that needs to be completed. Gillilan says some abatement and salvage work had been done in the past.
The remaining abatement is in the back half of the plant, where there is a considerable amount of asbestos to clean up, including the outer shell of the building.
Another board members stated the abatement work will need to be done and it will not get any cheaper.
Gillilan also warned of issues with vandalism and liability with trespassers.
The bids for abatement will be considered at the next meeting, on August 7th.