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Hartley receives grant for asbestos removal at old Capitol Theatre

It may not seem like much, but it's a start.

City Administrator Erica Haack this month announced that Hartley has received a Derelict Building Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for asbestos removal at the old Capitol Theatre building. The city in 2021 applied for funding through the program, but was rejected.

Hartley will receive $25,000 to be used specifically for asbestos removal at the theater. The overall cost to abate the hazardous material has been estimated at $38,000.

"Based on the study done in 2020, there is asbestos in some of the floor tiling, roof tar/bur, some i...