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Pearson asbestos abatement costs could reach $500,000

WINSTED — During a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved two agenda items to set into motion an asbestos abatement project at Pearson Middle School, the cost of which will approach half a million dollars.At the request of the Board of Education, the selectmen authorized the school board and Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno to apply to the state for a grant to fund the project.Selectmen also approved a town School Building Committee to specifically oversee the abatement.The committee will be made up of Joe Beadle, Mark Douglass, Peter Marchand, Christine Royer and David Sartirana.According to Mayor Candy Perez, the Pearson building has 64,000 square feet of tiles that are glued directly to asbestos mastic.Perez said Mystic Air Quality Consultants of Groton has estimated that the abatement, which includes removal of the current tile and mastic and installation of new tile, would cost between $400,000 and $500,000.However, the selectmen decided to not vote on a third item that would authorize preliminary work on the project due to questions raised about how much the state might reimburse the town for the project, how much the project would cost the town in total and where in the budget the funds for the project would come from.Perez said that she was told by Salerno that the state might reimburse the town for 70 to 80 percent of the abatement project.

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