Thorsby to get price on old school project

Published 5:06 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thorsby should soon have an approximate dollar amount on how much it will cost to clean up the old elementary school.

This fall, environmental engineers inspected the building for problems like asbestos and lead (both of which were found) as part of a grant project.

The grant, which required no match from the town, was through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownsfield Project, which redevelops abandoned or underused sites.

The engineer inspections were part of Phase I of the grant. Now that that work has been completed, the town can go after additional funds to help abate the problems, Mayor Dearl Hilyer said.

No final decision has been made on the building’s future, which will likely depend on how much it costs to fix the issues found, Hilyer said.

The council will make a final decision based on “what makes the best sense for the town,” Hilyer said.