The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors is poised to approve a contract Tuesday that will finally get the debris from the “pink hotel” in Smith River cleaned up.

Listed on the consent calendar of the May 8 agenda, is a request to spend $34,094 for hazardous materials abatement demolition and removal of debris and structures at 129 N. Fred Haight Drive.

According to a staff report by Community Development Director Heidi Kunstal, the building and two neighboring structures were mostly damaged by fire on May 6, 2017.

“In the intervening 11 months since the fire the property owner has not made any progress in abating the property, which was officially declared a public nuisance by County Hearing Officer William Cater in August 2017,” Kunstal wrote. “Subsequently, Cater ordered Code Enforcement Officer Dominic Mello to obtain an abatement warrant and abate the nuisance.”

According to the report, several hazardous materials surveys were done and a cost estimate was made. County codes say that projects under $45,000 in total cost do not need to go through a bidding process and CDD negotiated with Cal Inc. to complete the project.

However, if the contract is awarded, no work can be done until an abatement warrant to enter the property is obtained through proper legal channels.

The contract will be effective as of May 8 and terminate June 30.

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