Asbestos work at Pan Am site to be awarded

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council is expected to release the bid-opening results for the asbestos abatement at the former Pan American Tannery, 312 W. Fulton St., at its meeting Tuesday.

City Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said the city had an environmental consultant come in to do a survey. The consultant estimated the cost to have the asbestos at the site removed would be $122,000.

The money for the work was set aside years ago, Finance Commissioner Bruce Van Genderen said.

Jones said after the removal is finished, the city will be able to complete the Pan Am project this year after it demolishes the buildings and installs a soil cap. Jones said the soil cap only will be necessary on the vegetated and exposed soil areas.

After the bid opening, the council will award the asbestos abatement to the lowest bidder.

Other items scheduled for the council meeting include:

A public hearing will be held regarding the sale of the city-owned property located at 192 N. Main St. for $26,500 to Joe Semione.

He was previously awarded the highest bid by the Common Council to purchase the former Water Department building.

After the public hearing, the council is expected to make the sale final with a formal resolution.

Semione said he will turn the building into a second bottle-and-can return service for his business, Perfect Redemption Bottle and Can Return, after some repairs to the structure are complete.

Semione already has a recycling center located in the old Meco Fire Department building that opened during the summer.

Semione came before the Planning Board last Tuesday to discuss the site plans for the return business.

Mayor Dayton King, with the approval of the council, may execute a contract with Fulton-Montgomery Community College for transit services for one year, from August to August 2014.

King said the college and city have an agreement every year to provide transportation to the students. The rate will remain the same. He said the college will pay about $50,000 for the transportation services.

King will discuss the citywide garage sale that will be held July 6 and 7.

First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth is scheduled to discuss the use of city vehicles and a proposed amendment to City Code Chapter 190- Parks & Recreation Areas.

Wentworth was not immediately available this morning for more details on these two topics.

City Attorney Anthony Casale is expected to request an executive session to discuss pending/prospective litigation.

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