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Jan 8, 2016 5:25 PM

No decision on asbestos in Barrington town hall, residents want answers


BARRINGTON - After the demolition of the old town hall, Barrington residents are concerned that there will be more asbestos than expected.

The town hall was being torn down last week, but asbestos was discovered in brick and concrete which led to an abrupt stop in progress.

Residents say they are concerned because the town hall is surrounded by a playground, library, Early Childhood Learning Center, school for pre-K and kindergarten aged children.

The original budget of this project was $50,000 but demolition alone cost over $85,000.

Some residents are frustrated because the old town hall is being demolished to build a new one, which will cost taxpayers $3 million, with a payback of $4 million over the course of 20 years.

It wasn’t until the demolition began that the additional asbestos was identified, Town Administrator John Scruton said.

On Monday, board selectmen will meet to discuss options on how they plan to dispose the hazardous material.

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