City Hall plagued by mold

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Insurance provider may not cover costs

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland city officials are still trying to determine the extent of a mold problem at City Hall, and the city’s insurance company is saying it might not want to foot the bill to fix the problem.

City Manager Grady Hartzog told commissioners at Monday night’s regular meeting he was still waiting for a report on the mold, which was first noticed growing under the carpet in Hartzog’s office.

The mold has also been spotted in a small room next to his office, a break room, a bathroom and in the air ducts, Hartzog said, though the problem, as well as what it might cost to fix, is still being evaluated.

“It’s really hard for me to explain until I get a report …” Hartzog said, later explaining that he was informed that an old sprinkler system, since removed, may have caused the problem, allowing water to infiltrate the exterior walls of City Hall.

He said the exterior of the building may need to be sealed and painted with small weep holes drilled to allow for air flow within the interior spaces of the walls to fix the problem.

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