Mexico Beach police department feels effects of mold

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM.

Extended exposure to black mold is known to cause respiratory, circulatory and neurological damage and that just might be what Mexico Beach police officers are experiencing.

During the council’s pre-agenda meeting last week, the topic of conversation turned to modular buildings. The city has had plans to relocate the police and fire departments out of the current location on 14th Street for years but a financially-feasible solution has yet to be reached.

During the discussion, Police Chief Glenn Norris expressed a desire to move sooner rather than later.

“We’re in a bad situation in the building we’re in,” said Norris. “We should do something as quick as we can.”

In November 2010, a mold inspection was completed on the old city hall and police headquarters and the results determined that if personnel were to stay in the buildings, the air conditioning unit and carpets would need to be replaced and the interior cleaned.

Dehumidifiers were also suggested to be run at all times.

After the initial inspection, city hall workers were relocated to a temporary building in a refurbished bank along U.S. Highway 98, but the public safety departments stayed put.

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