Black mold takes over police station

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A case of sniffles leads to the air conditioning system as the culprit

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

It was the sniffles that broke the case.

Folks at the Chiefland Police Department were getting sick. Regularly.

The folks at Zyrtec and Claritin were counting their profits from all the pills being taken to relieve the sniffles.

After many visits to the doctors someone suspected something was foul in the air.

It was Bill Hammond, city planning, building and zoning director, who delivered the final diagnosis: “You’re building’s stagnant.”

“All my people keep getting sick,” said Police Chief Robert Douglas, nicknamed “Sniffles” by the city commissioners.

The culprit was black mold and heavy dirt buildup in the air handling system and ductwork in the police and building offices.

The solution is replacing the police department’s central heat and air unit and the ductwork, and cleaning the building department’s ductwork.

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