Old Chicopee Library
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The mesothelioma law firm of Maune Raichle Hartley and Mudd, LLC has learned that safe asbestos removal has been used by the city council of Chicopee, MA from MassLive.com.  While asbestos removal can be expensive for cities, it is a necessary step to ensure the safety of its citizens and workers.

Bids to remove the asbestos ranged from $297,000 to $191,800.  The city went with the lowest bid and this bid was less than what was allocated for the project.

“The asbestos is so widespread in the library no work could be done without it being removed. Not only was it around the pipes, it is the floor tiles and the plaster.”

The building has been closed for 10 years.  After the asbestos removal is complete, the city will decide how to use the building.  One proposal is to renovate the building, attach it to the city hall to make both structures more accessible to the disabled, and move school offices from an older building.  Either way, the city will have an asbestos-free, safe structure.

Ten years is a long time to wait but it is good that the city council of Chicopee, MA is doing the right thing and is putting their taxpayers’ dollars to a good cause for the city’s safety and growth.