Mexico Beach police department feels effects of mold

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

The police chief tried to be understanding by noting that the old city hall building had higher levels of spores, but the police department had a wider variety of potentially dangerous spores.

Norris said that in addition to mold dangers, the building has water damaged walls and flooded three times in recent memory. He said that he and his team have cleaned and painted the building repeatedly and the air conditioning unit has been out for 2-3 weeks.

They did receive a window air conditioning unit until a decision on a modular building could be reached.

“We put lipstick on the pig, but the pig is still bad,” said Councilwoman Tanya Castro.

In July, the council accepted bids for a modular unit that would meet the police department’s needs. They received 14 bids, but not all of them included the cost of a foundation, a state requirement.

“Some decisions have to be made,” said Mayor Al Cathey, responding to Norris. “We’re sympathetic.”

The bids called for foundation work for a modular unit to be finished by Nov. 1 and installation work to complete by Dec. 13.

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