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2010-12-16 / Front Page

Mold in the Jail House

Lee County Commissioners discussed a mold problem in the Lee County Law Enforcement Center during their regular meeting last Monday. They approved an agreement with Professional Service Industries, Inc. to have a survey of the indoor air quality at the facility completed. The LCLEC is less than three years old.

Lee County Judge Paul Fischer said, “Mold has become a significant problem in several areas of the new jail building. This is something that must be remedied and the cause of it must be determined.”

Sheriff Rodney Meyer said, “We’ve seen a strange occurrence of mold in parts of the Law Enforcement Center over the past three or four months. There’s some in the conference room and in an area that houses the control room, a bath room and a technology area. We have no idea what could be causing it and I would hate to speculate. We’ve seen it on chairs in the conference room and on some metal surfaces. You clean it off and it comes back. It’s very strange.”

The Sheriff didn’t want to speculate as to what may have caused the mold, but he is emphatic about finding the cause and fixing it as soon as possible.

“We haven’t had any health issues reported due to the mold yet and we certainly don’t want any. We have met with the architect and the contractor and we are anxious to get professionals in to survey the building in order to find the source of the problem,” said Sheriff Meyer.

Professional Service Industries, Inc., a company that specializes in environmental consulting, including mold extraction, will be scheduled to come to Lee County at their earliest convenience to investigate the problem.

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