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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Huron County Applying to ODRAP

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

County hopes to get some help to cover damage costs to the Courthouse.

The County of Huron is looking to get in on the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program to help cover costs on damages to the Courthouse.

CAO Larry Adams says the tornado caused quite a bit of damage and asbestos was found inside, which will increase their costs since clean-up of that material isn't covered by insurance.

Adams says they'll apply to the ODRAP funding but are also looking to be named an official disaster area so that they can get money over and above the funding already made available.

He says the asbestos clean-up remains an issue because the County has had asbestos programs done twice in the Courthouse -- and as recently as 2008 -- and they were fully compliant with the regulations.

Adams says any asbestos that needs to be cleaned up was directly caused by the tornado and the County will be looking into ways to recoup their costs as a result of that damage.

He also points to their tenants in the Courthouse -- the Ministry of the Attorney General -- and says they're looking into agreements with them for clean-up costs.

At a recent County Council meeting, administration said that asbestos clean-up costs 150-thousand dollars a week and will be ongoing for six weeks at the courthouse.

Restoration will cost about 60-thousand dollars a week and is estimated to take about four weeks.


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