© Jonathan Riley
Digby residents living nearby are worried a hole in the foundation is allowing animals to live in the 86-year-old former Digby Academy.
A contractor from Newport, Hants County submitted the lowest bid for the demolition of the Digby Academy.
Special Constable Richard Parry has recommended council accept the bid by R.L. Harvey Service Station to do the work for $23,850.
The town received 11 bids in all.
Mid Valley Construction of Kingston came in highest with a bid of $89,700; Rice’s Contracting of Bridgetown and Blue Bay Construction of Church Point were both in $60,000 range; bidding in the high 40s to mid 50s were D.J. Lowe of Annapolis Royal, Brown Bros. Excavating of Lequille, 3268239 NS Ltd., Gary Belliveau of Little Brook and Spec Resources of Church Point.
Atlantic Recycling Corp was almost $40,000 and Vector Demolition of Bedford was the closest to R.L. Harvey, but still $8,000 more at $31,850.
Council will vote on the bids Monday, Aug. 19 at the town’s regular committee of the whole meeting.
Once the town signs an agreement with the winning contractor, they will have a week to begin the work and 30 days to tear down the building, haul it away and fill in the hole.
Parry estimates the 112-year-old-building should be gone by the middle of September.
The building was last used as a school in 1984.
The most recent report on the building by the town’s building inspector deemed the building unsafe “because of the danger of falling through the floors and the potential of a ceiling collapse.”
Council ordered the building’s demolition in January of this year after months and years of hoping something could be done to save the building.
The owners, Questionable Ventures Inc., did not act on the order and the town is now undertaking the demolition and will add the costs to the owner’s tax bill.
The town has paid $2,500 to have asbestos removed from the Old Digby Academy before the full on demolition begins.
Digby town council awarded the contract to Dean Suave Property Management of Cornwallis Park and the work was completed last week.
The original agreement was to remove asbestos from the boiler room in the basement of the school for $2,200 but more was found in the electrical room, costing an extra $300 to remove.
A report to council by Special Constable Richard Parry says there was 300 square feet of asbestos in the boiler room – 240 sq. ft on the ceiling and 72 sq. ft on one wall.
Parry told council that Sauve has experience removing asbestos from the hospital in Cornwallis Park.
The town also received a bid of $3,823.77 from Maritime Remediation in Yarmouth and a bid of $3,200 from Envirobate from Bedford.
The cost of the demolition will be paid for by the town but added to the tax bill of the property owners, Questionable Ventures Incorporated.