Hudson -- Council members Oct. 2 defeated legislation to remove two concrete slabs and the asbestos material underneath them at the former Youth Development Center on Hines Hill Road.
Council member Dennis Hanink, William Wooldredge and Keith Smith voted against the legislation while Dan Williams, Alex Kelemen and President David Basil voted for spending $100,000 needed to do the additional work.
Legislation on consent agenda requires a majority vote, or five out of the six members, to pass.
Council members discussed the changes to the original work order Sept. 29, which included removing the concrete slabs left from the demolition of Lincoln Cottage near Hines Hill Road and Eastman High School. Asbestos was found beneath the slabs but would not be a problem if the slabs were not disturbed, according to City Engineer Thom Sheridan.
It would cost $225,000 to remove the asbestos and slabs along with 4 inches of contaminated soil, Sheridan said. There is $128,000 in the contingency balance that could be used for the work with a difference of approximately $100,000 additional needed for the work.
A steam pipe running from the cafeteria to Cooley Hall and Dickerson also had asbestos and would cost $424,000 to remove, but Council members agreed to capping the exposed end and leaving the pipe in place.
Those opposed wanted to spend the money on other things.
Hanink said even once the slabs are removed, the property would not be pristine. There would be remnants of roads, parking and underground utilities.
"The $100,000 is better spent on sidewalks or trails," he said.
Hanink said the money was better for immediate needs.
"It's years away from developing the [YDC] property," Hanink said. "We won't see anything for a long time."
Wooldredge said he partially supported the removal, the slab nearest the road, but was now in favor of leaving both slabs in place and saving $100,000. He said when they do the budget, they can use the money elsewhere.
Those for spending the money said it would be cheaper and more convenient to do it now.
Basil said if they wait and remove the slabs in the future, it would cost more than $100,000.
"Getting rid of hazardous material costs will go up," Basil said "It will affect the price the city gets for the property."
Williams said the costs of removing the slabs and mobilization will be higher in the future. The workers are on site now, and the city would save money in the long run by removing the slabs now, he said.
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