The former Emmetsburg Country Club building will be torn down next month, making way for a new community center.
Emmetsburg City Council approved a resolution Monday, Sept. 10, awarding the contract to Shamrock Recycling of Emmetsburg. The bid was $44,438 for demolition of the building.
"This is obviously a lot more than we had anticipated," said John Bird, Emmetsburg City Admini- strator.
Community Developer Steve Heldt stated that an estimated $26,000 had been budgeted for demolition.
"An anonymous person called down and told someone at the EPA in Kansas City office that the city was preparing to take down a structure that was laced with asbestos and we were not following the necessary procedures," Bird informed the council. "Frank Kliegl (city building inspector) took the call from the EPA and he came and saw me. I called the gentleman at the EPA. Of course I wanted to know who the complainant was. He said it was an anonymous tip, but even if he knew, he couldn't tell. I found that really funny because everything that happens in our office is to be disclosed to the public, yet all he could tell me was it was an anonymous tip. He said normally we don't pay much attention to anonymous tips but this one we thought we better follow through."
Bird informed the EPA representative that there had been an inspection done. He told Bird the inspection needed to be updated.
"I called the DNR in Des Moines, too, and told them where the asbestos is in the building. They said it never would have been questioned if they hadn't gotten a call, because of the state of the materials in the building that are asbestos based," said Bird. "Steve (Heldt) contacted the people he had sent out request for proposals and let them know they were going to have to follow the proper procedures. I'm sure that that's the main reason the price has gone up like it has."
"Is there anything we could do to lower the estimate?" asked Councilman Brian Campbell.
"The only thing I could think of, I wonder if we could get someone to come in and remove the items that have asbestos before the demolition," said bird.
Councilman Bill Burdick asked if the area has to be taped off.
"It depends on the state of the asbestos," answered Campbell. "If you can remove it without making dust it wouldn't be."
Bird described the area with asbestos. "It's the adhesive holding the 4x8 panels on the ceiling in the ballroom and there's a 10x13 area in the basement of old floor tile."
"And that cost us $20,000 because of an anonymous phone call," said Councilman Corey Gramowski.
Gramowski made the motion to adopt the resolution approving the bids received and awarding the low bidder the contract for the clubhouse demolition project. Shamrock Recycling, Mike Flannegan, Emmetsburg, received the contract.