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Board tackles mold issue

Commission OKs plan to fix problem

December 5, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to fix a mold issue at the Delta Animal Shelter building. Action was taken on the issue at Tuesday's county board meeting.

The board unanimously approved fixing the mold issue and ventilation at the animal shelter through contracting with Bosk Corporation and Richer's Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.

County and animal shelter representatives had been meeting for more than a year to discuss fixing the issue but were not able to reach a solution.

The Delta Animal Shelter began operations independent from the previously county-run facility in August 2011, when members of the Delta Area Animal Society entered a lease agreement with the county to operate the building.

The animal shelter announced recently they would be moving their operation to a new location due to concerns about the health of the animals, volunteers and employees because the two parties could not come to a solution.

The county board decided the issue still needed to be addressed.

County Administrator Nora Viau said during Tuesday's board meeting the building had been inspected in April by the building and zoning administrator and maintenance director, who came up with a recommendation to fix the issue.

"Their recommendation is to replace and properly install ridge cap on the entire building (the steel roof area), remove the bad insulation and replace with new, and treat and seal the mold area on the underside of the roof sheeting on the damaged part of the southeast section," she said.

Bosk Corporation will be responsible for removing the old insulation, spraying and eliminating the mold, and re-insulating at the cost of $10,000.

Richer's Refrigeration will then install one gable mounted attic exhaust fan with shutters for proper ventilation in the attic. The fan will be controlled by a Humidistat in the attic. This will cost $1,262, according to a price quote from Richer's Refrigeration.

At the end of meeting, Commissioner Ryan Holm, who had been working closely with animal shelter representatives on the mold issue, said the process of fixing the problem has taken a long time since the board is working with taxpayer dollars.

The board also approved accepting a grant from the state of Michigan through its Competitive Grant Assistance Program for a unified tax assessment and equalization system for the county in the amount of $332,165. This amount is a portion of the $476,800 for which the county applied.

The board approved contracting with AIS Marketing, inc. for geographic information systems (GIS), aerial imagery, sketching and re-evaluation assistance services to implement the grant.

According to Commissioner Dave Rivard, the same process was used for a similar program covering Masonville Township in the past.

"This would be ... where a plane flies over, looks and takes pictures of the surrounding area and terrain," said Rivard. He noted the images are then used by the county for maps, assessing, and many other services.

Viau said the grant will be implemented as soon as possible and must be completed by 2014.

"It's an 18-month project but we're going to try to finish it in a year," said Viau following the meeting.

In other business, the board:

approved various appointments to several boards, commissions and authorities serving Delta County.

set 2013 meeting dates.



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