Union Gap to make decisions on city building renovations

UNION GAP, Wash. -- It's not going to be cheap to remove asbestos and replace a leaky roof. Union Gap could decide on these projects for two city buildings Monday.

Union Gap City Hall sits empty as decisions are waiting to be made.

Councilmember Mark Carney wants to take action.

"It's been frustrating because we've been out of this building for over two and a half years and it's like we keep taking time to study," said Carney.

An inspection found asbestos in seven spots at Union Gap's City Hall. Samples that tested positive were taken from the roof, rest rooms and library.

"People repaired on top of repairs on top of repairs without doing the proper work," said Carney. "You know, the foundation."

Councilmember Carney says a problem was that Union Gap tried saving money. But, that didn't work.

"We tried to do it as cheap as possible and not getting all the work done the right way," said Carney.

The concentration of asbestos found at city hall was high enough that it must be removed safely before the building can be remodeled or demolished.

Asbestos doesn't pose a danger until it's disturbed. Removing it isn't cheap. A bid for the cost hasn't been taken. But the bid is back for a roof replacement at Union Gap Police Department. It would cost more than $77,000.

"We quote, can't afford more staff," said Carney. "It makes it hard to find people to maintain buildings."

Carney says city council should make a decision on whether to remodel or rebuild city hall within the next two months.