Malone village trustees voted to pass a resolution to give emergency status to the removal project at 14 Harison Place, based on findings of the village’s code enforcement officer regarding the deteriorating state of the structure. Alexander Violo/Malone Telegram

MALONE — Meeting with the village’s code enforcement officer about 14 Harison Place Monday evening, village trustees agreed on the building’s emergency status and discussed a quote for the building’s removal.

Trustees reviewed a quote from Environmental Contracting and Construction Services LLC, and agreed to gather more information on the project’s related costs.

According to Code Enforcement Officer Brian Lamondie, the price to remove the building is $115,800, if the village hires this contractor, the company currently working to remove the nearby Gorman Building.

“That includes them tearing the building down, and removing it all to the landfill, as a hot building,” Lamondie said.

According to Village Clerk Rebahka Scaccia, this price does not include costs associated with air monitoring for asbestos or the installation of a grounded fence.

Lamondie said the quote also does not include the cost of 90 cubic yards of crushed stone needed for the project.

“They said they would put the stone in if we purchase the stone,” Lamondie said.

Tipping fees for the building’s debris will be through the village, according to Lamondie.

Additionally, Lamondie said village Department of Public Works crews will need to remove trees behind and on the side of 14 Harison Place for the contractor to get equipment in place to safely remove the building.

Mayor Andrea Dumas said the village needs to find out the cost of air monitoring, confirm what the current tipping fees at the landfill are, see what the cost of stone will be, and determine the cost of installing a safety fence around the site, while DPW crews will need to keep track of their hours on site for this project.

Lamondie said about 70 feet of fence would need to go in around the building, and it would be about 8 feet high, and drilled into the sidewalks for stability.

“That will keep children from climbing, being on it and over it,” Lamondie said. “The fence is just to keep the kids from falling off the sidewalk, after the building is removed it is going to be stone from the sidewalk down.”

Lamondie said the deterioration in the back of 14 Harison Place poses a risk to the village’s sewer siphon and a village power pole, located below the vacant building.

“Power is a concern but our main concern is the safety of the community,” Dumas said. “We know this building has been a concern, but our sewer siphon is down there and it is right at the bottom of the hill of this building and its back wall is starting to bulge out.”

Trustees voted to pass a resolution to declare the project an emergency, following a motion by Trustee Archie McKee, based on the findings of the village’s code enforcement officer regarding the deteriorating state of the structure.

Dumas said in addition to documentation from Lamondie going back to the start of his time as code enforcement officer, past village code enforcement officers have documented concerns over the state of the building.

“This has gone through at least five code officers,” Dumas said.

At a workshop on Nov. 17, trustees reviewed and approved a third plan for removing the building after two initial plans were deemed unsuitable or too costly.

All three plans were developed by Architectural and Engineering Design Associates, an engineer firm in Clinton County.

After discussing the new plan at the previous workshop, the board expressed interest in using the contractor working on Citizen Advocates’ project at the Gorman Building to avoid mobilization fees for the village project at 14 Harison Place.

However, Lamondie said there is a mobilization fee associated with the proposed project.

“The mobilization fee is they can’t drive the long-arm track hoe down the road,” Lamondie said. “They actually have to have it loaded and brought to the lower end to bring it down.”

Lamondie said this fee is included in the quote of $115,800.

“I know they are already here but they still have to hire somebody to come up and move the track hoe down the road, to get it down there,” Lamondie said. “Because they are already here there isn’t a mobilization fee for bringing it up here, there is a mobilization fee to get it from the location it is going to be working at by the Gorman Building, down to where it is accessible to get into the back of Harison Place.”

Lamondie said he emailed the engineer with Architectural and Engineering Design Associates to let him know of the removal plans from Environmental Contracting and Construction Services.

“I also asked if 90 cubic yards of No. 2 stone up against the bank, and leaving the stone return walls in it for now would be feasible, while we figure out the retaining wall that was in his proposal,” Lamondie said. “They (return walls) are about 2-feet thick, and there are a couple of them in the interior of the building. I feel if we leave those and we add the stone as a slope in between, it will help support Harison Place.”

According to Dumas, funding for the proposed removal of 14 Harison Place will come from economic development funds.

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