As­bestos re­moval de­lays li­brary up­grade

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - CRAIG CAMP­BELL

Ad­di­tional as­bestos re­moval at the Dun­das li­brary branch has de­layed the start of ren­o­va­tions at the Ogilvie Street build­ing.

The build­ing closed in Septem­ber, with a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion op­er­at­ing at 55 Cootes Dr. and Book­mo­bile stops in a nearby park­ing lot ev­ery Fri­day, but Hamil­ton Pub­lic Li­brary staff don’t ex­pect ren­o­va­tions to be­gin un­til March.

A Novem­ber stop-work or­der from the prov­ince has pre­vented the on-site con­trac­tor from start­ing the planned ren­o­va­tions un­til as­bestos abate­ment is com­pleted.

Since the Nov. 8 or­der, sub­se­quent in­spec­tions were done in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary to as­sess progress of as­bestos abate­ment.

A re­port to the Hamil­ton Pub­lic Li­brary Board con­firmed the project is be­hind sched­ule be­cause “ex­ten­sive abate­ment of as­bestos is still un­der­way and is tak­ing longer than an­tic­i­pated.”

Karen Anderson, the li­brary’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic ser­vice, said she an­tic­i­pated the con­struc­tion sched­ule start­ing on March 1.

The Min­istry of Labour reg­u­lates the safe re­moval of as­bestos in On­tario, and has in­spected the Dun­das li­brary abate­ment process on five sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

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