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Mt. Vernon forced to tackle black mold under city hall

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

The City of Mt. Vernon, Illinois will need to spend nearly $125,000 to tackle a black mold issue in the basement of its City Hall.

Mt. Vernon's Interim City Manager Mary Ellen Bechtel said cost is elevated because of a series of issues under City Hall. The black mold, a result of water leaking, can't be removed until asbestos is removed from the nearly 100 year old basement.

“We're working backwards to determine where to start a project," Betchel said. “We’ve been making improvements to city hall over the last two years," Betchel said.

Black mold was first identified under city hall early this spring, Bethchel said. The city stores documents there and the basement isn't used for much else.

In the mean time, Mt. Vernon's City Council is working to figure out how they'll pay for the nearly $125,000 in unexpected maintenance projects. The council holds workshops on the fourth Monday of each month.

The interim city manager said there are several other projects that need to be completed such as replacing the boiler and heating system. However, she's unsure if council will approve the projects to be completed at once or in phases. Betchel is working to get estimates on the cost of those projects.

“I don’t believe we can get it done by the end of the year," Bechtel said. “It is a lot of money."

Fortunately, the interim city manager said she doesn't expect any of the projects will effect the day to day operations of city hall.

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