Progress still on hold

Habitat needs asbestos report before moving forward

There's still no word about the asbestos removal at the first Moffat County Habitat for Humanity home, but President Melinda Bobo expects to move forward next week.

Bob Peterson, certified asbestos inspector with Northwest Colorado Consultants in Steam-boat Springs, conducted his inspection in August, and Habitat members had the preliminary report before their August meeting.

Peterson expects to complete the full report on the structure at 745 Yampa Ave. by Monday, and Bobo will have it by the end of the week.

"Then we give the information to our contractors and get in bids and look at the bids and give someone the job," Bobo said.

Peterson said there is friable asbestos, or asbestos that crumbles in his hands, in the exterior siding of the house's rear addition. There is thermal system insulation in the pipe wrapping and spray-on insulation around an old boiler.

"TSI is the biggest safety issue," Peterson said. "It's mostly in the basement of the original building."

There are also several vinyl asbestos floor tiles that pose a concern, as do some spots in the bathrooms and the asbestos glazing on the existing windows.

Bobo said the group planned to replace the windows anyway, however, with high-efficiency ones. She's glad there is no asbestos in the walls of the house.

"That was our big concern," she said, "was that they had done a bunch in the house itself."

Once Habitat members can review the report, they will decide what to do and who to hire.

"They don't necessarily have to do anything," Peterson said.

They could simply board off the basement and never go down there, he said. If the members decide to demolish the addition, however, they must hire an abatement specialist to obtain a permit.

"If they're doing that, they ought to take care of the TSI while they're doing it," Peterson said.

Bobo said she's not sure what the plan of action is yet, but she expects to have an idea soon.

In the meantime, Habitat members are collecting items for the hurricane relief clothing drive, and the family selection committee is collecting names of families who are interested in living in the Habitat house.

The family selected is required to complete 350 "sweat equity" hours working on their home or another Habitat project.

The goal was to have a family in the home by Christmas, and Bobo's confident, with the help of community volunteers, the group can meet that goal.

"We've really kept on track. We haven't had anything turn up unexpectedly," she said.

"It's a good first project. Having a lot of people who are excited to work on it, that's the key."

For more information or to get involved, call Bobo at 824-3470.

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