WILLIAMSON – Last week the Housing Authority of the city of Williamson sent a letter to all residents of Goodman Manor concering remodeling to be done later this month.
In the letter Executive Director Pauline Sturgill informs residents, non-friable asbestos was detected in the tile and mastic (a sealant) in the halls of the structure.
Non-friable asbestos poses no danger to residents.
However, to ensure the safety of the residents, Abtar Abatement has been contracted to remove all carpet and tile in the halls of the building.
Customer Glass will be installing new tile in the halls once the old carpet and tile are removed.
The entire process is expected to take approximately two days to abate each floor.
The east wing of the building will be abated on the first day and the west wing of the building will be abated the following day.
If any unexpected problems occur and the process cannot be completed in the anticipated two day time frame, residents will be notified.
Abatement will begin on Tuesday, July 26 on the ninth floor east wing; the ninth floor west wing is scheduled to be abated on Wednesday, July 27.
The eighth floor east wing will be abated on Thursday, July 28 and the west wing on Friday, July 29.
A schedule for the August dates of abatement and the floors affected will be posted in the elevators and the laundry rooms.
Residents living on the floor / wing scheduled to be abated should vacate their unit, no later than 7:00 a.m. the morning of the abatement. The abatement process is expected to take at least 12 hours each day. Therefore, residents will not be allowed back on their floor / wing until at least 7:00 p.m.
Residents will not be allowed to stay in their units under any circumstance.
In the letter, Sturgill encourages residents to stay with friends or a family member for their own comfort.
Also, residents need to take cellphones, medications and any other items needed when they leave the unit.
The housing authority will not provide alternative housing or transportation.
If a resident does not have a family member of friend to stay with during this process, the community room will be open daily. The housing authority will provide pizza, snacks, soft drinks and coffee for the residents affected by the abatement.
A meeting will be held on Monday, July 25 in the community room at 10:30 a.m.
Greg Pauley of Astar Abatement will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns the residents or family members may have regarding the abatement.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. she can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.