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County to review environmental risks in burning grandstand

Published 8:10am Monday, October 22, 2012

The county board and Austin Fire Department will likely know more Tuesday about how to take down the condemned grandstand at the Mower County Fairgrounds.

After voting on Oct. 9 to tear it down, the county board will review the details of an environmental assessment during its regular Tuesday meeting, set to start at 9:30 a.m. in the county board room.

Commissioners have spoke favorably of the option to have the fire department do a controlled burn, but the environmental inspection needs to check for asbestos, lead paint, fluorescent lights or any other potential hazards.

County officials have described the option to burn the structure as a win-win because the county would have the structure demolished at a fraction of the typical cost and local fire departments would gain experience.

Other business:

—The county board will make a decision on whether or not to approve the permitting for a livestock buying station in Udolpho Township, which was discussed at the board’s Oct. 2 meeting.

—The board will hear a number of Community Health updates, including details on an infections disease report from 2011.

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