State cites Monticello over demolition

State cites Monticello over demolition

MONTICELLO — The city has received three citations from the Illinois Department of Labor relating to a home that city workers demolished on the corner of Buchanan and Washington Streets in 2011.

All three relate to the lack of asbestos management on the site, which was part of a streetscape project.

The citations were brought to light by Maureen Holtz during the public portion of the Monticello City Council meeting Monday.

"The Department of Labor agreed with us that the city was in violation," said Holtz, who has criticized the city in the past for using local labor on the demolition project. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse."

Superintendent of City Services Floyd Allsop said workers never found evidence of asbestos on the project, and that the Environmental Protection Agency did not issue any violations.

"The problem with the asbestos is everyone you talk to has a different opinion," said Allsop, who said interpretations varied even between state agencies.

But the Department of Labor said the city should have had a qualified person determine if there was asbestos in the home before it was torn down. The other violations were that a qualified person did not advise employees of job site health and safety issues relative to asbestos, and that the city did not have a trained person on site during demolition for regular job site inspections.

There is no proposed fine for the citations. In Allsop's response to the Department of Labor, he said the city would no longer use local labor for demolition purposes, instead relying on outside contractors.

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GeneralLeePeeved wrote on September 11, 2013 at 7:09 am

....and, once again, Maureen Holtz makes a mountain out of a mole hill !