Ripley Workers Complete Asbestos Test

RIPLEY – Six Ripley workers are among 14 people who recently completed an intensive five-day class to receive certification as supervisors for asbestos removal, Ripley Village Board members learned recently.

Doug Bowen, town supervisor, told the board only a few steps remain before these workers are fully certified and can begin planning the demolition of old derelict properties around the area. The course concluded with a 100-question test, which all of those attending passed.

“They crammed an awful lot of material into five days,” Bowen said.

Several months ago, Bowen proposed municipal employees from around the western part of Chautauqua County seek to become certified in asbestos removal as way to save money. Those certified could help out communities throughout the area rather than have to contract asbestos-removal companies.

Bowen said once the workers are certified, they will begin by dismantling a house in Ripley that collapsed several years ago. This small project will give the workers a little experience and confidence to begin taking on larger projects, Bowen said.

In other business, Ripley received good marks from the annual state Department of Health review of its water and sewer system. The only recommendation was that the town begins setting aside reserves to replace its aging infrastructure, Bowen said.

Board member Bob McIntosh reported the town Planning Board is “desperately seeking members.”

Joan Hart of Ripley asked the board about plans to move the town offices to the Ripley Central School building. Bowen replied, “There as a lot of talking that needs to be done before that could happen.”

The current town building has severe structural issues. Bowen said options include renovating the current building, moving to the school, building a new structure or renovating another location.

Large-trash pickup days were set for the first three Saturdays in May.