Asbestos removal slated for Colorado Elementary School
At a recent special meeting of the Holton school board, a bid of $65,200.50 from the Gerken Environmental Company of Kansas City for encapsulted asbestos removal work at the Colorado Elementary School was approved by a 6-0 vote of the board.
Associated Insulation of Manhattan bid $65,513.35 for the asbestos removal work.
A third company, B&R Insulation also bid on the work but could not have performed the work until after June 20, so that bid was disqualified, said Superintendent Dennis Stones.
Stones said the start date of the work needed to be June 6 because it takes 10 days for the state to approve such contracts.
Stones said the asbestos removal company will start its work on the north end of the Colorado school and work its way south. The work will be completed in phases and the building demolition crew will follow directly behind the asbestos removal company.
Asbestos is a commercial term referring to a group of naturally-occurring fibrous minerals. Asbestos has remarkable durability and resistance to heat, properties conferring value in a wide range of products including building and pipe insulation, friction products including brake shoes and fire-resistant bricks.
Asbestos has been woven into fireproof cloth and incorporated into cement pipes used for water transport and into erosion-resistant cement roofing tiles.
Unfortunately, asbestos fibers are also inhalable, and it was discovered years ago that once inhaled, asbestos can cause grave health risks, apparently because of their physical characteristics and bio-persistence in the body.
Asbestos exposure can cause a wide range of serious and fatal health conditions, including cancer.
The asbestos used at the Colorado school was encapsulated many years ago, meaning that it was sealed inside a protective shell.
The special Holton board meeting, held Monday, May 23, lasted 15 minutes. All board members except Bob Phillips and Shelby Patch were present. Patch communicated with the board via the telephone.
Funds to pay for the asbestos removal work will come from the new school bond issue funds, it was reported.
In other news regarding the new elementary school under construction, the address for the new school has been announced as 812 W. Fifth St. and the phone number for the new school has been announced as 364-3251. The fax number for the new school has also been announced as 364-4844.