Elbert County Commission Chairman Tommy Lyon came before the Elberton City Council yesterday evening to discuss the county’s intentions with the old Stephens School property located off of Tate Street.
Lyon said that currently, the property is beyond being saved.
“Basically we have looked at the building, and the building is in such disrepair that it is beyond being repaired. It has become a safety hazard”, said Lyon.
The county commissioners recently approved an environmental study of the property, and the study showed that the building contained large amounts of asbestos. Rough estimates indicate that it would cost upwards of $30,000 to remove the asbestos before any action can be taken on the property.
According to Lyon, the county has no future plans for the property, other than making the area safer.
“Now, as far as the future of that property, there are no current plans from the commission at this time. Our only plans are to clear the property out and make it safer”, said Lyon.
The county commissioners still need to take bids on asbestos removal, said Lyon, and there is no action expected to be taken on the property until the first of the year at the earliest.