Funding approved for asbestos study

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature voted May 12 to transfer $30,000 from a building renovations capital reserve fund to an asbestos study capital account to pay for testing of all county facilities.

The county is testing for asbestos in all its county facilities after an employee raised concerns at the Department of Social Services. Asbestos, not at dangerous levels, was located in some of the ceiling tiles at the DSS facility.

“Do we have a firm number about what this capital project will cost?” Legislator Shawn Doyle asked.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said he did not have a firm cost, however, county officials have given an estimate of upward of $1 million.

County Administrator Phil Church said the budget transfer will cover the cost of some testing that has already been done and the testing of the remaining buildings.

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