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Homer Town Board Rejects Another Round of Testing at Town Hall

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Despite concerns about possible contaminants and poor air quality in the Homer Town Hall, the town board has rejected another round of environmental testing to verify earlier results.

Following a meeting last month with Village of Homer officials regarding a possible return of the village offices to the town hall, town leaders solicited prices for in depth environmental and air quality testing.

Back in 2010, village leaders moved out of the town hall citing concerns about carbon monoxide in the building. In a recent meeting about the building Village Mayor Genevieve Suits also brought up issues of bird or bat droppings in the building and possible mold issues.

The building was previously tested by both the state and an independent company and found to be within acceptable standards.

Suits and Trustees said they could not consider moving back to the building until it was determined to be safe. Town employees and the Homer Senior Center have remained in the building continuously without issue.

Engineering firm O’Brian and Gere responded to the town with a a quote of $5300 to test for mold and and other contaminants.

Last night, the town board balked at the expense. Board member Barry Warren says the building has been deemed safe and even with additional testing there is no grantee the village would return.

The board also briefly discussed questions of asbestos in the building, they planned to provide records showing that asbestos had previously been abated.

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