Recycling buildings on town agenda

February 19, 2012 by  

Print companies are leaders in recycling. From paper to ink cartridges, print companies were among the first industries to make recycling a priority. Now, buildings can be added to the list of recyclables.

The town of Seekonk is looking for ways to re-purpose some of the aging and empty buildings in its jurisdiction. That includes the former town hall located on Route 44, the old administration building for Seekonk schools located on School Street and the fire hall situated on County Street.

The latter is not technically a decommissioned building. It is still being used by firefighters who are on call and as a repair centre for equipment used by the Seekonk Fire Department. The old town hall and school admin building are standing vacant.

There has been an effort to rent the town hall building to the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe, which also expressed interest in the property on School Street. Unfortunately, both buildings have issues with asbestos and some mold problems preventing the town from drawing up a lease.

“The building has been in limbo,” said Robert Lamoureux of the Seekonk public works department in describing the old town hall.

Pam Nolan, administrator for the town of Seekonk, has high hopes that a legal and fair lease can be written for the tribe which would have a provision for the removal of any toxic materials prior to occupation.

Once a lease is drawn up, the tribe would have the paperwork required to allow them to apply for grants and funding.