When village officials contracted to have asbestos removed from the old Harrington Firehouse, they were under the impression they knew where it all was. That was not the case.
QES Churchill, who the village contracted with to find all the asbestos in the building prior to removing it, did not identify all areas in the original survey. When another company won the asbestos removal bid, they found unidentified asbestos in the buildings garage doors. The oversight cost the village $3,500 extra to remove the additional asbestos, so the village sued the QES Churchill to recoup the costs.
And it was a quick turnaround.
"We went to court March 6 and we had a response by March 12," said Baldwinsville Highway Superintendent Claude Sykes, who represented the village at the hearing.
According to Sykes, QES Churchill owner Ron Churchill approached him after the judgement and asked to make things right with the village.
"We gave him the opportunity to pay without submitting the judgement and he did," Sykes said.
Churchill gave the village a $3,500 check the next day.
Since Sykes represented the village at the hearing, there were no legal costs for the village.