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$9M Project Approved to Renovate, Remove Asbestos in East Providence Schools

RIHEBC issued a bond to pay for the renovation project.

The budget commission secured a bond though RIHEBC that will be used to finance a $9 million project that will renovate East Providence schools.

Renovation  months ago while commission members searched for funding.

Mary King, finance director for the school department, messaged Farrar & Associates, the firm hired to design and execute the plans, immediately after commission members approved the project on Thursday afternoon.

"I am so happy," she said. "We're hopeful to get everything done by the summer."

The Rhode Island Department of Health will also be happy with the news. Officials mandated air testing for asbestos and the removal of the agent at . According to members of Farrar & Associates, project menagers will work with environmental experts to make sure asbestos is removed.

Govstench February 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM
It took a budget commission to get this done. Kudos to them.
r February 10, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Michael O'Keefe, Chairperson Diane L. Brennan Major Stephen Bannon Christmas Parade is back on , Three Wise Men appear in East Providence. Let us not forget Mayor wanted to take legal action, to keep the status quo.
The Baker February 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I thought the schools were safe with that asbestos in them. Isn't that one of the issues the former building inspector got fired for? Looks like we will be paying for another employee that is sitting home while we pay him. Sounds like all the other management that got fired. pay pay pay
Bruce Zarembka February 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Is it any surprise that brucie wanted to keep the status quo? The budget commission is going to be here longer than people think...and the oversight will go on long after they have done their due diligence...(just one of the things that the three amigo's didn't have a clue about) Due diligence is probably not a word in their vocabulary...however I am sure there are many words in their vocabulary that don't belong in running a city professionally, honestly, and in the best interests of the citizens.
taxpayer February 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Thank you Mr. O'Keefe and the commission. Not only did you acknowledge the problem, you worked to find a solution!!!
pferd February 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Do you people realize this is 2012???? Asbestos has been removed from most schools in the USA 20-30 years ago. You really exposed your kids to this stuff all these years? Now you act like this is Christmas?? YOU SHOULD BE THROWING OUT ALL THE PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT and start fresh. The clowns borrowed money for everything else?? But not for this??? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Allowing this nonsense to be perpetrated on you?? OBAMA IS ALLOWED TO PAY FOR CONTRACEPTION AND ABORTIONS (I am not opposed to abortion but if you do the deed you should pay for it) but there is no money to keep living kids ssfe???????????? Stop the insanity
S February 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Thank you budget commission, interesting, try this one on Not sure what is going on with all this but if you follow it and paid any attention this school committee couldn't even get that right. The previous school committee along with Lonnie Barham and Mario Cirilo handed them 15 million dollars to repair the schools and they couldn't even get that right. What if they tried to defer the money into the budget but Lonnie caught on so they fired him then Mario got wind of it and he wouldn't let them so they fired him. interesting scenario isn't it. Now you have to have the budget commission come in and handle it correctly. This school committee is a useless tub of lard just get rid of them they are costing you millions.
Govstench February 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The Asbestos has not been removed. The high school is still loaded with this stuff along with many schools built prior to 1960. The city doesn't have the money to do a full abatement on all the schools. Don't know where your getting your facts but you need to check your sources.
Arthur Dolloff February 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The only fact in error here is Obama is not the one paying the bill here. Otherwise I think this generally sums up the lack of participation by city residents on a whole.
Arthur Dolloff February 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
As deep throat once said "follow the money and see who proffits"
pferd February 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Govstench You better read my post again. I never said the asbestos was removed in e. p. but it was removed in most of the rest of the world. You better get glasses and read the post again.
Govstench February 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I'll stand on my previous post. There are many, schools across this state, this country for that matter that are still loaded with asbestos. Many of the older schools in EP still have it. The high school has over 300,000 square feet of this stuff in the tiles and it is breaking down. Corning-Fiberglass and others manufactured this stuff in the late 40's and 50's and it was sold as an insulator. We have a long way to go to completely remove this stuff. I seriously doubt that it has been removed from the rest of the world. My eyes are just fine thank you.

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