Habitat assessing asbestos issue

Work on hold while agency determines cost of removal from home

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Habitat for Humanity will soon know how much it will cost to clean up asbestos in a house the organization is renovating.

A professional from Denver inspected the floor of the Yampa Avenue house last week.

Habitat for Humanity members already knew the rear addition and porch of the house were contaminated, but members had questions about the home's linoleum floors.

Habitat for Humanity Board Treasurer Vicki Burns said the group expects results back within a week to 10 days.

After the results come back, members will begin looking for a contractor to remove the asbestos.

Because no business in Craig has a federal license to remove asbestos, an outside company will have to dispose of any asbestos, which can't be put in the county landfill.

Burns said the goal is to have a plan in place by the end of the month. "We want to know where we are and where we're going," she said.

Marilyn Bouldin, the vice president for the board of directors, said improvements to the home are on hold until the group has more information.

"At this point, we approved to pay for testing," she said. "We need to wait and get the testing done and then get an official report on how expensive the removal will be. Everything is on hold until we get the asbestos report."

Although finding asbestos has slowed the project, Burns said the goal is still the same.

"We're still positive about the fact that we know we have a good home that will make a good house for a family," she said.

Habitat for Humanity is starting the process of selecting a family to live in the house. A specific set of guidelines will be used in choosing a family.

Bouldin said the goal is to select a family before the project is complete, so the family members can put in the mandatory 350 hours of "sweat equity" on the project. Habitat for Humanity guidelines required families to work 350 hours on their own home or another Habitat home.

Bouldin said once a company is selected to remove the asbestos, Habitat for Humanity will be seeking assistance in housing the workers to keep costs of the project down. Anyone interested in providing such assistance should call Bouldin at 824-5459, Burns at 824-7087 or Melinda Bobo at 826-2670.

Luke Graham can be reached at 824-7031 or lgraham@craigdailypress.com

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