House demolitions come in under budget
By Bert Lehman
The cost to raze the buildings at 164 N. Main Street and 60 S. Clinton Street came in under budget.
Clintonville Public Works Director Toby Kersten provided the Street Committee, at its Aug. 4 meeting, a cost breakdown for the demolition on each property.
South Clinton property
At the S. Clinton Street property, which the Clintonville Library had previously purchased, it took 18 hours of hired dump truck hauling. Just under 80 tons of garbage, which amounted to 16 loads, was hauled to the landfill in Shawano. This cost amounted to $3,794.
During initial research, Kersten said the landfill in Shawano wasn’t accepting large loads of waste, so it looked like the city was going to have to haul the waste to Manawa or Marathon County. After more phone calls by Kersten, he said the landfill in Shawano allowed the city of Clintonville to haul the waste to Shawano.
“We saved a lot of trucking cost and fuel cost,” Kersten said.
Also part of the demolition cost was $150 for two excavator moves, and $700 for rental of the excavator from Kersten Excavating, LLC.
City labor hours amounted to $4,316.
Miscellaneous costs included $130 for grass seed, $72 for straw, and $650 for diesel fuel.
The preliminary total for the demolition amounted to $12,144. The Clintonville Public Library will pay for the demolition costs. That’s why there is a diesel fuel charge, and a charge for city labor, Kersten said.
The city also salvaged a fence from the property that Kersten said the city hopes to reuse at its cold storage location. The metal roof from the garage was also salvaged, which Kersten said the city hopes to sell. In addition, $41 worth of scrap metal was salvaged from the property.
“We saved anything we could to help our budget,” Kersten said.
North Main property
The demolition of the buildings at N. Main Street property took 14 hours of hired dump truck hauling. A total of 61.6 tons of garbage was hauled to the landfill in Shawano, costing $2,956.
Rental of the excavator was $700. In addition, there was a $150 charge for two moves of the excavator.
Asbestos assessment and abatement amounted to $1,415.
Grass seed amounted to $65.
Total demolition costs amounted to $6,336.
“I think I had $20,000 budgeted for that house, and right now I’m under $6,500,” Kersten said. “I think that was a pretty good success.”
The $6,500 figure does not include labor costs for city employees, since that labor is already figured into the budget.
Kersten added, “For both projects we took excess clay from the Main Street project along with excess sand from the airport project to help reclaim these lots and save money. There was no cost for that.”