It's a pricey problem with potential hazards.
“It’s probably been here ever since the 1970s when the building opened” says Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters talking about asbestos in the City-County Building.
Allen County plans to spend $3-million to renovate the . City-County Building
Its part of the co-location plan approved earlier this year, but that price tag could now go up by one, even two-million-dollars thanks to asbestos.
"There were discussions but there had been no idea as to what
portions had been taken care” says Peters.
The Allen County Commissioners have hired a company to conduct asbestos testing. It will cost $17-thousand.
"What we hope is for this environmental guy to come in and tell us what's left” says Peters.
Although the county is paying for most of the building's renovations, Peters is asking the city to help with asbestos removal costs.
"I did talk to the mayor and verbally ask him to assist in the event that there were significant costs” he says.
This April, city and county government will move across the street to Renaissance Square. City and county police will take over the . City-County Building
“I think it's only fair, that if we're renovating three-fourths of this building for city police and public safety that they at least help” Peters says.
City-County Building renovations are expected to be done by January 2012.
Officials don't expect asbestos removal to delay the process.
A city spokesperson tells FOX Fort Wayne today that they have received the county's request for help. It's being discussed but no decision has been made.