Habitat for Humanity progress delayed

Group waiting for answers, raising money

Moffat County Habitat for Humanity will need to review bids from three contractors for an asbestos-removal job before moving forward on the renovation of its first Craig house.

The group's board received three bids for asbestos abatement at the house, 745 Yampa Ave.

But contractors must answer questions before being awarded the job, said Vicki Burns, treasurer for Habitat for Humanity.

"There were some minor details that were not clear on the total job that we wanted some clarification on," she said.

For example, Burns said one contractor included the removal of all asbestos in its bid, but didn't mention the removal of an old boiler in the structure's basement. Burns said the group wants contractors to remove the boiler.

Two of the bidding contractors are based in the Front Range. The other has a Steamboat Springs office.

When the board is satisfied with the bids, it will decide which contractor to hire. Burns said the work should take one or two weeks to complete.

Still on target

"As soon as we get the abatement done, we can get in there," she said. "We are still on target to get this finished."

The organization expects to finish the project in the summer. A family-selection committee is preparing applications for candidates to complete.

"The national template needs to be modified to meet our county's needs," Burns said.

Burns said she hopes the application is ready in January so the selection committee can begin finding a family to live in its first project home in Craig.

Preparing for sale

In the meantime, Habitat members are busy preparing items for its sale at the Holiday Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday at Centennial Mall.

Last weekend, members assembled meals and desserts for the sale. The group also is selling Habitat T-shirts and gift cards -- donors may contribute to Habitat for Humanity in the name of a friend or family member as a gift. Those donors will receive cards to give to the people in whose names they made the contributions.

The group also will have a booth at the nonprofit craft fair in December.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, call Burns at 824-7086 or Melinda Bobo, the organization's president, at 826-2670.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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