A dozen residents met at Mattson Harbor in Marquette to discuss their recreational vehicles currently being held captive.
The Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe that owns the building closed the hangar because of asbestos. Their lawyer, Saulis Mikalonis, said the contaminant was released after someone robbed copper piping from the building. According to Saulis, a consultant will be hired within the the next few weeks to go in and see how much is present and if the building needs an abatement. If the building does need an abatement, it is unknown how long it would take or when the property owners can retrieve their belongings. Residents discussed distress amongst each other and say the tribe isn't moving quickly enough to hire a consultant. The majority of them were angry because they had no idea there was any issue until watching our news report last night .Burt Harris, Marquette resident, says he spoke to Sawyer Village on Monday and was told they would call him later in the week and make an appointment with him to take out his boat.
"I feel like I've been led down a rosy path for about three weeks now...getting one delay after another," said Harris. "And then I find out what was on the news last night and it just ticks me off."
Burt's son-in-law, Brad Muscoe, removed his vehicle on April 29 and said now he's worried that he and his family could possibly be exposed to asbestos. He wiped down his boat and plans to send in the towels to be tested.An additional concern of property owners is if the vehicles are contaminated, local companies may not want to be liable for abating the belongings because if anyone contracts anything down the line, it could be grounds for a lawsuit.The property owners are hiring a local lawyer to look into the issue.