An old water works building, at 1455 Sciota Road, is getting demolished, but asbestos was recently found inside the building and needs to be removed prior to demolition. 

At a recent Corry Municipal Authority meeting, City Engineer Gus Maas reported to members that asbestos was identified in the building. 

There is asbestos in 5,000 square feet of roofing material, 12 linear feet of pipe, window glazing and caulking. 

"We have to do the asbestos removal work before we demo the building," Maas said. 

Demolition of the building is one of the first steps going into phase two of a citywide water project to update aging water infrastructure, since a new water works building is planned to be built on the foot print of the old building. 

Both phases of the water project are funded through low interest loans from PENNVEST. Phase one required an $11.2 million loan. Phase two, which is estimated to start in March, required a $6.59 million loan. 

Maas received an estimated cost from Amark Environmental, of Erie, for $12,550 for asbestos removal.

Though the cost is unexpected, Maas said it will be included in costs for phase two and there is an allowance for miscellaneous occurrences. It can be covered through that or contingency funds.

City Solicitor Paul Carney said that asbestos removal has to be done by specially licensed and certified people who have to report to the DEP with regard to their demolition work. 

"This would be professional services," Carney said. "While we've got a written proposal, it doesn't need to be public bid in the same fashion as the general construction would be."

This allowed authority members to approve Amark to perform the asbestos removal. The vote was unanimous.

The new water works building will be just under 4,000 square feet and will contain chlorination equipment.

The building was used until about 20 years ago as the city's water works building, before water works employees started using the current location in the city garage, Corry Public Works Lead Operator Mark Leofsky said.

The new building will have a steel structure that will house equipment and have a chlorine facility with proper ventilation and alarms in case of a chlorine leak or spill. There will also be a kitchenette and a lab to take water samples, Leofsky said.

The building will have three garage bays, one of which will be a complete drive through, according to Leofsky.


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