County Office Building Remains Closed

(Binghamton, NY) The Edwin L. Crawford County Office Building located at 60 Hawley Street in the government complex in downtown Binghamton will remained closed due to particles and dust that filtered into the building from the underground parking reconstruction project on the evening of Tuesday, April 14th. The county is conducting environmental testing to assure that the debris are nontoxic before opening the building. As information becomes available, updates regarding the building status will be released to the media and posted on www.gobroomecounty.com.

 
“We have been in communication with our department heads in the County Office Building to instruct staff and identify ways to continue to have our departments function outside of the walls of the county office building,” stated Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “Our technology and telecommunications staff have been working to establish remote offices so that we can continue to conduct county business.”
 
Dust from the construction work entered the building through the building’s elevator shafts. The contamination was discovered by cleaning crews and Broome Security early Wednesday morning. The Binghamton Fire Department responded to the building to assess whether there was any immediate danger. Jennings Environmental Management was instantaneously contacted by the county to conduct testing to determine if hazardous particles were present in the building.
 
The County expects to receive the results of the environmental analysis on Thursday afternoon. Until that time, the building will remain closed. Once the building is cleared from containing any toxins, cleaning crews will then be able to enter the building to remove the dust which has accumulated on the floors within the building.
 
“We are proceeding with caution to protect the health of the public and our employees,” added Executive Fiala.
 
County Office Building Departments will be answering phones remotely. All will have access to voicemail and be able to respond to messages. Those seeking additional assistance, can contact the Executive Office at (607) 778-2109. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

04/15/2009 - 7:12am