QUEENSBURY -- School officials have concluded they were not the victims of a crime in the alleged diversion of concrete from a school construction project in 2010.
School officials have also been told that concrete said to have been contaminated with waste fuel was not used in the work on the local campus, said school Superintendent Douglas Huntley.
Instead, it appears at least some of the contaminated concrete went to the Main Street reconstruction project that was completed last year, officials said. A call to the Warren County Department of Public Works, which oversaw the project, was not returned Friday afternoon.
In another development in the case, someone has posted on the website YouTube at least nine audio and video clips of conversations said to be among Glens Falls Ready Mix employees, discussing various indiscretions involving concrete mixing and deliveries.
The clips are mainly audio files, but have subtitles and photos of documents posted with them. They were posted in late February and earlier this month by a person using the account name “JoeyWhistleblower.”
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been investigating since the summer of 2010 whether waste materials were disposed of in concrete mixes, and conservation officers and Warren County sheriff’s officers searched the Glens Falls Ready Mix plant on Oct. 19, 2010.
A DEC official said in February that the investigation was ongoing. Agency spokesman David Winchell said Friday “there is no update” on the case.
Huntley said Thursday the school determined it was not victimized in a scheme alleged by a then-employee of Glens Falls Ready Mix. He claimed a concrete delivery supposed to go to the school instead went to a Moreau home being built for an executive of a subcontractor on the school project.
It does not appear a crime was committed because the school did not contract for a specific number of concrete deliveries, just to get the entire job done by a certain time and at a certain price, Huntley explained.
“It really has no consequences for Queensbury as long as the job gets done within the job specifications and within the bid price,” he said.
While there were initially concerns that concrete contaminated with diesel fuel was used in the school project, it was determined none was, Huntley said. And even if it was, the DEC concluded the material would not affect the strength or durability of the concrete, Huntley said.
Only one small batch that might have been contaminated was used inside a building, in the basement of Queensbury Middle School, according to Huntley. That concrete was checked and no odors of fuel or other environmental issues were noted, he said.
The concrete in the school project has been in place for nearly two years and has not shown any issues with deterioration, Huntley said.
Huntley said school officials have been made aware of the YouTube clips.
Glens Falls Ready Mix is a subsidiary of Cranesville Block Co. of Amsterdam, and numerous messages left with the company, including one Friday, have not been returned since 2010.