The MARK Project has assisted with a program called Clean Sweep to assess flood-damaged buildings with an eye toward long-term repair and sustainability. Catherine Lehn will coordinate and schedule building assessments by a team that includes Billy Allison, MARK’s Building Rehab Specialist; contractors Rick Osterhoudt (a MARK board member) and Todd Pascarella (a Fleischmanns Village Trustee). The group took their lead from a similar effort, lead by Charlie Cockel in Prattsville.
Building assessments and rebuilding plans will begin with the use of moisture meters to determine what kind of damage may be settling behind the sheetrock and embedded in the insulation. “Homeowners should know that their property may need more than one assessment — we want to make sure every stage of construction is safe and mold-free,” said Peg DiBenedetto.
If you feel like your home or business needs a Clean Sweep assessment, or you just aren’t sure about the long-term condition of your property, contact Katie Lehn at MARK (845-586-3500), and she will schedule an assessment protocol for you.
You can also volunteer to be part of an assessment/treatment team even if you have no specific building skills — a checklist and team leaders will guide you.
“Recovery and rebuilding is going to be a long and tedious process,” admitted Ellsworth, adding, “But the need to assess properties and implement correct clean up and rebuilding procedures is imperative for the long term health and safety of our communities.”
For more information and other assistance, visit www.markproject.org.