Oswego Social Services offices temporarily relocating for asbestos abatement

The Oswego County Department of Social Services says it is temporarily closing its office in Mexico for asbestos abatement.

The DSS office will relocate to the former Cayuga Community College facility on state Route 3 in Fulton on December 14 and remain there until abatement is complete in early May, 2013.

The move will take place over three days; December 12-15 and DSS officers will be closed December 17 while staff moves into the temporary office. The offices will open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18 in Fulton.

Gregg Heffner, Commissioner of Social Services, says that office hours and all phone numbers for DSS will remain the same. Heffner say public transportation bus routes will not be affected by the move and people can pick up the Oswego County public transportation service at the Mexico DSS office.

Oswego County Administrator Philip Church announced in March that testing revealed asbestos levels above the federal limit were present in ceiling tiles in the older part of the Mexico building, which was constructed in 1973.

Church said that the ceiling tiles pose no health threat unless they are damaged or moved; however, the tiles must be moved to access the buildingâ??s mechanical and communications systems.

The project is expected to be completed in early May, 2013, and was previously estimated to cost up to $800,000 or more.