The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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October 15, 2012

Demolition of East Buffalo Twp. municipal building starts Wednesday

LEWISBURG — Dismantling the 70-year-old East Buffalo Township municipal offices is slated to start Wednesay, though the wrecking ball won’t swing  until some asbestos is cleared from the premises.

“We’re not sure yet how far they’ll go,” said Township Secretary Barry Troxell but confirmed Steinbacher Enterprises Inc., a demolition and excavation company from Williamsport, will be at the Fairground Road site Wednesday morning.

Township Supervisor Thomas Zorn said Steinbacher can’t knock down the building until it conducts an asbestos inspection and possibly also checks for lead paint in the building.

“Exactly what they have to do to remove it, I don’t know,” Zorn said, “but they can’t just go in and knock things out.”

The township offices were constructed in 1942, long pre-dating any laws about using asbestos in construction. Asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The building housed the first Pennsylvania Artificial Breeding Co-Op.

Site preparations have been under way since last September, when the township moved to a new, temporary location in the Lawson Business Building off Reitz Road. Flexible orange netting now wraps around the Fairground Road space and some digging has started.

The new municipal complex is expected to be ready for occupancy next August or September, Zorn said. When it opens, it also will be the new home for the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging and for Ralph Hess, zoning and planning director for three townships: East Buffalo, Kelly and White Deer.

Both offices have tentative approval for a lease in the new East Buffalo building, Zorn said, but the township supervisors have no idea yet on the rental amount for the new tenants.

“There has been discussion, but nothing has been finalized,” he said. “We won’t know an effective date of a lease until we get further along with construction.”

The East Buffalo Township supervisors also will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday to vote on a new, permanent township manager to fill the spot of interim manager Peter Marshall.

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