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Minerva School Becomes Nuisance

MASON COUNTY, Ky (Joe Webb) -- Minerva, Kentucky isnt much more than a few buildings around an intersection but at one time it had its own school.  Minerva School has been shuttered since the 1980s but its once again a focal point of the community for the wrong reasons.  The roof of the gym has collapsed, the grounds and the interior are filled junk and tires people have dumped over the years.  The tires are an extra hazard because they are breeding ground for mosquitoes.  The next door neighbors say they cant use their pool.  On the other side of the school, Candy Hehr says the mosquitoes have ruined the joy of country living. I have 3 grandchildren and they cant go out and play in the yard.  The mosquitoes eat them alive.  And you cant go out in the evening.  Its even worse then.

The neighbors have taken their complaints to Mason County Fiscal Court.  Count crews hauled off 475 tires from the exterior of the property and discovered a deeper issue.

We got going inside and found out the roof was asbestos and all that asbestos dust was falling on the tires and that got into a whole other environmental issue, Mason County Judge-Executive James Buddy Gallenstein told Local 12.  Gallenstein says the county is getting bids to clean up the asbestos, remove the tires and secure the site from future dumping. He thinks that will cost between $25,000 and #30,000.  He estimates the total bill for the Minerva School will run about $125,000 before all the work is done and the building demolished.

Its a money pit.  Its a drain on taxpayers but something has to be done.  You just cant leave it sit here like this.




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