AIR QUALITY TESTING FOR ASBESTOS UNDERWAY IN
Air monitoring for Asbestos exposure got underway at the Courthouse Plaza today. The 18,000 square foot building, located at 530 East Main Street in Aspen, is closed until testing is complete and air quality deemed safe. A professional air quality testing team, Grand River Environmental out of Grand Junction, was called in as a precautionary measure when a routine test conducted before a planned building remodel found Asbestos in some building material. Initial results are expected by the end of the day Wednesday 4/16.
A total of 64 employees work in the nearly 40 year old Courthouse Plaza building, which houses the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Housing Office, County Finance, Open Space and Trails, Human Resources, IT, County Manager, and County Attorney’s offices. The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners’ meeting room is also located on the ground floor of the building. All employees who have offices in the Courthouse Plaza were instructed not to report to work today (4/15) while arrangements are being made for “satellite” offices at their homes or elsewhere.
“We are hoping for the best, but planning for an extended closure,” said Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock. “With any luck we’ll be back in the building and operating business as usual by this Thursday morning. We have little reason to believe that a health hazard exists inside the building at this time but we are taking these precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our employees and the public,” Peacock said.
The top priority for continuity of Pitkin County Government operations is reopening the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s office and the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority office. Arrangements have been made to house the Clerk’s mandated recording services in a temporary space at the Pitkin County Treasurer’s office in the Courthouse at 506 East Main in Aspen. The temporary recording office is expected to open by 10 am Wednesday. The Clerk’s office Motor Vehicle and Elections Departments will remain closed until further notice.All inquiries to the Clerk’s office can be made by calling 920-5180. The Housing Authority is being moved temporarily to its main property management office at 18 Truscott Place adjacent to the Aspen Golf Course where walk-in business can be accommodated.the Housing office operate under its normal business hours. Housing office inquiries can also continue to be made by telephone at 920-5050.
“We have identified key personnel for continuity of government business and have made accommodations for that in the short term,” Peacock said. “All inquires to the county can be made via our main administrative telephone number - 920-5200 or by emailing our departments directly.”
Updates will be posted on Pitkin Alert, www.aspenpitkin.com, the County’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/pitkincounty, on Twitter and via local media outlets.