The city of Galt is expected to spend an additional $18,000 to demolish the Jaycee Hall building, twice what was originally budgeted.
The action was delayed last month due to the discovery of lead-based paint under the vinyl siding and the requirement of additional abatement.
A wood piece contaminated with lead-based paint underneath the siding must not only be removed, but completely encapsulated and transported to a specific hazardous materials disposal site, according to the city staff.
The new appropriation approved unanimously by the Galt City Council at Tuesday’s regular meeting brings the projected demolition cost to the city to $38,000.
The company hired to do the demolition at a cost of $18,700 also has experience in hazardous abatement and is willing to add that task to the work it has already completed.
The property at 405 5th St. was at the center of a costly lawsuit between the city and the now-defunct Boys and Girls Club of Galt. It was ultimately purchased by the city in 2010, but there has not been money available to rehabilitate the building.
At one point, a local church showed interest in renovating the hall to use as a community center, but the work proved too costly and the city council voted last spring to have the aging building demolished. That work began in November, but was halted due to the lead-based paint discovery.
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