City looking into money for Sands Dorsey

Thomas Garcia

City Commissioners want City Manager Bobbye Rose to find a way to resolve issues at the Sands Dorsey Building.

“The city commission has instructed me to move forward with the abatement of this health and safety issue associated with this building,” Rose said after Thursday night’s meeting.

More than two years have passed since the historic downtown building was damaged extensively in a fire.

“We are no closer to a solution then when we began these discussions two years ago,” said Commissioner Jim Lafferty.

A top issue for the city is running is the cost of demolition and disposal.

Harmful contaminants such as lead, mercury and asbestos were found in the materials.

“Because of levels of containments, demolition and transportation of the waste changes drastically,” said Doug Powers, Tucumcari’s Community Development director.

Powers said the building would have to be torn down according to state regulations to prevent the spread of the hazardous material. Once demolished, the materials would have to be transported to a state-licensed hazardous waste disposal site.

“We can not just tear it down and throw it in our landfill,” Powers said.