Work progresses on pile or rubble

B y Jaime Thomas

It’s 20 more loads to go until the pile of rubble becomes simply an empty plot of land.

Workers from Edgeco Environmental, Inc., the company hired for the cleanup, were on site Friday removing debris left over from a fire that destroyed two buildings Nov. 12 of last year.

After months of sporadically stopping cleaning up one pile every few weeks, Edgeco employees say they’re going to see the job through more quickly.

“We’re getting coordinated with everyone to make sure we get it continuously done from here on out,” said Nelson Torres, an Edgeco worker. He acknowledged the letter his boss, Paul Pinkins, received from Mayor Brian LaRose requesting the pile be cleaned up within 30 days, but said the company wasn’t slacking before the letter arrived.

“If it’s not one thing it’s another,” Torres said, mentioning various pieces of equipment that were malfunctioning and other issues that have continued to crop up. He said the company is not working on any other jobs at this time.

“This is the only one we’re dedicating ourselves to right now,” he said. “We want to work with the city, not against it.”

Additionally, workers originally thought there were only five or six loads to remove, but they now estimate there to be about 20. Torres said they plan on coming back every other weekday to remove piles, dumping the loads at an asbestos processing facility outside of Rochester on the off days.

This week, for example, they planned on dumping the truck Monday, because the facility isn’t open on weekends, and then picking up another load on Tuesday and Friday. He and the two other workers on site will continue picking up between two and three times per week until the job is done.

Despite speculation of cold weather and snow hurting the cleanup process, Torres said that will not be a problem for the company. When they’re done with the project, all they will leave is an empty slab, he said.

When a passerby asked Torres if the cleanup would be finished by Christmas, he said he hoped it would.

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