Demolition of and removal of debris from the former school building in Quimby is on hold until the problem of asbestos contained in the debris can be dealt with.
Fred Miller of Cherokee is owner of the building and the lot on which it sets. He is the contractor for the project that was halted after the first day of demolition on Wednesday of last week.
Marion Burnside, environmental specialist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, was contacted and investigated a report that the project was undertaken without removal of asbestos from the building.
Burnside said that the building does in fact contain asbestos and the debris from the incomplete demolition contains asbestos. Burnside said the owner of the building is responsible for having a certified asbestos inspector on the site all the time until the exposed material is removed.
Asbestos can be put into a landfill but there are conditions on how it must be transported to and placed in the landfill.
Don Pitts, manager of the Cherokee County Landfill said on Wednesday of this week that he has not been contacted regarding the matter.
Another incident in the demolition attempt was the breaking of a power line that disrupted electricity to Quimby, Washta and rural customers of MidAmerican Energy.