The Board of Selectmen Tuesday approved a $17,000 contract with EnviroMed Services for abatement work inside town hall.

The company will test and remove asbestos and other potentially harmful materials inside the building, while a 90-day delay is in effect for the demolition of the walls of the building.

First Selectman Robert Mallozzi praised the Meridan-based firm for the convenience and efficiency it provides in the process.

"They're local [and] they have their own laboratory," he said. "They don't have to wait for the test to go out."

There are between 250 and 300 samples that must be tested from town hall, according to Mike Pastore, director of Public Works. In addition to asbestos, samples will include lead paint and PCBs.

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The town hall project remains on schedule, with demolition to occur at some point in March.

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