Mold removal begins Monday night for Central Library

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Mold was recently discovered inside an office wall in Mesa County's Central Library, nearly six months after construction for the expansion project was completed.

Hal Tait lives in the valley and wasn't pleased to hear about the discovery of mold in the newly renovated Central Library. And with his background in construction, it's hard for him to wrap his head around the idea mold is in the building.

"There's no excuse for mold being in the new building," said Tait.

Mold was found in the downstairs Literacy Center and Monday night the remediation project to remove the mold begins.

"Removing some inactive mold growth from the inside of one office wall," said Bob Kretschman, the Mesa County library spokesperson.

According to library officials, a maintenance worker discovered the mold when he was doing work at the facility.

"A worker, was in the area doing some maintenance and noticed the sign of mold and opened up the wall and found the inactive mold growth," said Kretschman.

That is when the area was closed off to staff and patrons. Further testing showed the inactive mold growth was confined to the Literacy Room and the rest of the library is safe for the public to use.

The only unanswered question is how the problem started.

"The source of the moisture, when it may have happened, we don't know the answers to those questions," said Kretschman.

For residents like Tait, finding out how the mold wound up in a newly reconstructed library is the most important issue.

"Finding out the cause is what is going to be the ultimate," said Tait.

Library officials say they did not receive any complaints from the patrons, but some staff who worked in the affected part of the building did express some physical discomfort.

Mold is an allergen and can aggravate symptoms in people who are sensitive to it.

The mold removal project is expected to be complete by the end of the week and it won't disturb library operations, as most of the work will be done after hours.

The library is paying for the remediation project and their funds come from property taxes.

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