Broome County Office Back In Business

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated May 13, 2009 at 6:10 PM EDT

Broome County is back in business.

The Edwin L. Crawford Building will reopen tomorrow after more than 3 weeks of clean-up.

As Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us, there's still some dust up over what caused the closure and the cost.

"I was the last one to leave that day, so I wanted to be the first one back." said Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala.

Fiala is anxious to walk through the front doors of the county's home base.

400 employees were forced to work out of makeshift offices, after dust from underground garage construction entered the Edwin L. Crawford Building.

They spent Wednesday packing up to move back into the building.

"Our IT people are reconnecting the computers...tomorrow the staff will be in their systems." said Broome County Clerk Rick Blythe.

Broome County Security says it's making sure the necessary precautions are being taken to prevent dust from filling inside the building.

"In the basement and sub-basement levels right now, there's an actual hard wall constructed around the core of our building, our elevator core areas." said Broome County Security Director Jim Dadamio.

Fiala estimates the total cost of cleanup is expected to exceed $1-million dollars.

She says taxpayers will not foot the bill.

The New York State Office of General Services, which oversees the project, will negotiate with the contractor.

"Right now, this building is so clean, it is really amazing, so it will be a good work environment." said Fiala.

"We're anxious to get back into the office and do what the public is paying us to do." said Blythe.

A stop work order was issued by the OGS.

It says it's reviewing the project before parking garage renovations can resume.

Wipe and air samples tested determined the dust was not toxic.

Fiala says no employees were reported sick.

The Broome County Office Building will reopen 8-am tomorrow.

A spokesperson for OGS had not other comment on when construction might continue.

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