Cortez City Council hires designer for south side park

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Cortez City Council hires designer for south side park

Process for old M-CHS site includes public meetings
The old Montezuma-Cortez High School building is in the process of demolition, scheduled to be completely torn down by late summer.
M-CHS demolition update

According to a Tuesday news release from RE-1 School Superintendent Lori Haukeness, the walls of the old Montezuma-Cortez High School building on West Seventh Street have started to come down.
Haukeness wrote that asbestos abatement on the site is scheduled to be complete by mid-summer, and the demolition will be completely finished by late summer.
The demolition process started last May. According to the release, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment requires all asbestos to be removed from the site before it can be demolished. That part of the project has been time-consuming, the release said,requiring crews to remove asbestos coating from all building materials with a high-pressure stream of ground glass.
Jamie Haukeness, principal of Kemper Elementary School and facilities manager for the school district, wrote that safety has been the district’s top priority during the demolition process.
“We will be very excited to complete this project and are thrilled that the property will become a city park,” he wrote in the release.
Building materials containing asbestos are being taken to an asbestos-accepting landfill in southeastern Utah, according to the release. Other materials are being taken to the Montezuma County Landfill or recycled.

Cortez City Council hires designer for south side park

The old Montezuma-Cortez High School building is in the process of demolition, scheduled to be completely torn down by late summer.
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