Cleanup of fire pile to begin soon

T he owner of the company slated to clean up the pile of rubble on Main Street said Thursday that work should begin within thirty days.

“The start date is truly now close; a month is a fair comment,” said Paul Pinkans, the owner of Edgeco Environmental, Inc., of when work will begin. That would mean cleanup would start about the third week of June.

But he said it’s not as simple as receiving the money and immediately beginning work—New York state requires 10 days notice for jobs of this size. Additionally, the state must approve permits and other work plans before any debris removal can begin.

Pinkans said cleanup will most likely start in a few weeks, weather permitting. He is familiar with Granville as he recently did some of the work associated with the demolition of the Quaker meeting house and two other nearby buildings.

As of Thursday, officials were waiting for checks to clear before they could send them to Edgeco.

Granville Attorney John Winn said he deposited checks from Beverly Koffler and Constance Rojcewicz at TD Bank in Granville last Monday, and was waiting for them to clear.

“Once they clear, I’ll send the check to Edgeco, and once they receive the deposit, I suppose they’ll start work,” Winn said. Steve Saltis, assistant manager of the bank, said checks typically clear through the system within three to five business days, but it varies with each one.

Because of the magnitude of the job and the potential presence of asbestos, officials said Edgeco would not begin work until they received funds.

A number of residents have pressed local officials about the pile, which has been in place since the Nov. 12 fire, which destroyed two buildings. At the time, village officials deemed it necessary to take down the buildings, so they would not be a hazard to passersby. However, because the buildings were combined when demolished, it has taken about six months to resolve cleanup issues with the owners’ respective insurance companies.

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