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Dilapidated Colton building likely to be torn down

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COLTON — Town officials have said that their dilapidated 90 Main St. building is likely coming down next week.

The town board held a special meeting Monday morning and gave an update on the building that it purchased for $20,000 in January.

Officials allotted $5,000 in April for an asbestos abatement to be conducted this spring.

“We purchased the property; we got Atlantic Testing in and they did the analysis on the asbestos problem. We got a company in here that did the asbestos abatement and we got some students in here the past week and they’ve gone through and cleaned all the miscellaneous stuff on the inside out of there,” Town Supervisor Dennis B. Bulger said. “I think over there right now we’ve got a salvage crew, and they’re taking out wiring and anything that’s worth to be salvaged. So come next week we should be in a position to drop the building.”

The building formerly was the location of Julie’s Junque 2 Jems and has deteriorated in recent years.

Mr. Bulger said in January that the idea of placing a community center at the site in the future has been discussed, but details regarding design and financing for the project have not yet been discussed.

“In looking at getting (the building) to the trailers, getting a hauling permit, the tipping fees, the actual charges from the highway department for the labor, etc. — altogether in the budget I set aside $10,000,” he said. “What I’m proposing today is to cover all these expenses and be on the safe side, to have a budget amendment for $25,000. That will take care of all these miscellaneous expenses that we’re going to be faced with.”

The decision to approve a budget amendment for $25,000 was unanimously approved by board members.

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