The Young County Commissioners Court accepted a bid from ERI (Environmental Remedies Inc.) Monday morning to survey the old law enforcement center on the Graham Square for asbestos.

The decision was made due to state requirements mandating that the building be checked for any hazardous chemicals that could be mixed into the air during demolition.

Asked whether it was a coincidence, or something that Matrix Demolition would have done as part of their demolition contract with Young County prior to the commissioners court voting to seek competitive bidding for the demolition job, Commissioner Jimmy Wiley said Monday that he believed Matrix was required to look into the issue, but that formal procedure to survey the building must still take place under state law.

County Commissioner Mike Sipes said that the next step after the asbestos search, as he expects, should be the opening of bids and the writing of a contract for the demolition job of the old law enforcement center. Sipes said that though companies other than Matrix have recently expressed interest in contracting with Young County for the demolition, there has not been an official search for bids yet. Should asbestos be found, however, Sipes said that an abatement must be performed prior to demolition.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.