State sues Doerflinger developers

State sues Doerflinger developers

Kent, Joan

The state has filed suit against MPC Development LLC and Conrad Seymour, accusing the developers of violating-state asbestos regulations while working on the Doerflinger building.

MPC had been renovating the downtown landmark at Fourth and Main streets until the city issued a stop-work order on April 20, which is still in place. Seymour is spokesman for the company.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice complaint, announced by Attorney General James Doyle Thursday, refers to work done at the Doerflinger to install a new staircase and strip insulation from pipes. he complaint said MPC and Seymour violated state asbestos renovation regulations by failing to:

* Perform a pre-renovation inspection to determine the presence of asbestos.

* Provide the Department of Natural Resources with proper written notice of intention to renovate.

* Remove all materials containing asbestos from the building before starting activity that disturbed the materials.

* Ensure that materials containing asbestos were property wetted during renovation.

* Have a properly trained representative on site during the renovation.

* Lower materials containing asbestos to the ground carefully, and place them in tight containers.

The suit, which seeks fines for the violations, was filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court and has been assigned to Judge John J. Perlich. No hearing date has been set.

Seymour could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Meanwhile, the La Crosse Fire Department is awaiting plans for a revised sprinkler system, due by Monday under a La Crosse County Circuit Court ruling. The developer submitted plans Thursday, but then called to say different plans would be turned in today, said Capt. Claire Bissen of the Fire Department’s Inspection Division.

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