Board OKs emer­gency work at Mount Marion El­e­men­tary

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has ap­proved spend­ing up to $325,243 to re­solve sewer and as­bestos is­sues that led to clos­ing bath­rooms in nine class­rooms at Mount Marion El­e­men­tary School more than two years ago.

At a board meet­ing Tues­day, trus­tees de­clared the prob­lem an emer­gency, thereby qual­i­fy­ing the pro­ject for an ex­pe­dited en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view.

“The pro­ject to re­pair, re­place and re­ha­bil­i­tate the septic sys­tem at Mount Marion El­e­men­tary on an emer­gency ba­sis ... [is] im­me­di­ately nec­es­sary for the pro­tec­tion or preser­va­tion of life, health, prop­erty or nat­u­ral re­sources,” dis­trict of­fi­cials de­clared.

Mosaic As­so­ci­ates has been hired for de­sign and con­struc­tion of the sewer line. In­for­ma­tion about the amount to be paid to the firm was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

The work is to in­clude abate­ment and re­moval of build­ing ma­te­ri­als that con­tain as­bestos, re­plac­ing floor tiles, and up­dat­ing pipes.

Trustee Paul VanSchaack said state ap­proval still is needed be­fore the pro­ject can be­gin.

“The work will start once it gets ap­proved ... by the state for fa­cil­i­ties plan­ning,” he said.

“As soon as we get that, we’d like to try and have some of the as­bestos [re­moval] done over the Christ­mas break ... and then, hope­fully, get the fi­nal items of the pro­ject done over the sum­mer [of 2018],” VanSchaack added. “We’ll take it piece by piece be­cause you never know when you’re going to run into as­bestos.”

The pro­ject will re­quires re­mov­ing tile to un­cover pip­ing.

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