Grayville, IL – The city is developing plans for razing as well as cleaning up of the remains of the Grayville High School building.
On Monday (14th October), the city council granted permission to Jay Walden – the City Attorney – to go ahead with actions for obtaining a demolition order for the remains that were left after a fire which gutted the historic building 2 months ago. The building was more than 100 years old.
The demolition order will make way for the Illinois State Environmental Protection Agency to proceed with the knocking down of the building that contains dangerous levels of asbestos. The main school building’s demolition
There won’t be any direct expense to the Grayville City for the knocking down of the main school building.
Moon G Bark, a Baptist missionary from Korea and the owner of the building, hasn’t responded so far to a certified service letter of the imminent action, according to Walden. Walden said Bari is in Alaska now and has signed a receipt. However, the response period of 15 days has run the course without any reply.
He asked the commissioners for the authority to go ahead with next stage that would be asking for a demolition order and they agreed by voting 4-0. Andy Linnemann, the Water Commissioner, was absent because of the harvest.
David Jordan, the finance commissioner, said he had discussed with an Environmental Protection Agency representative about the project. According to Jordan, the state asked whether the city was willing to waive the water charges as the project would need to have water to be put on during the demolition work in order to minimize the release of asbestos fibers into the surroundings. Linnemann hadn’t had any objection and the city would abide by the request, said Jordan. If asbestos fibers become airborne, they could be breathed in easily and could cause serious respiratory disorders and fatal diseases including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural plaques and asbestosis.
He said the EPA requires a designated way for trucks and equipment to arrive at the worksite.
According to Jordan, the city is looking at shutting the Gray Street south of the school and a part of the 2nd Street to the school entrance, keeping entry to the Meadowood Nursing Home (Grayville, IL) across from the building for emergency vehicles such as ambulances.