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April 08, 2011
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ANDALUSIA, AL — Despite quarterly inspections that have noted mold contamination, safety issues and general disrepair, several Andalusia County properties have gone months without being properly cleaned or maintained, according to the Andalusia Star-News.

Three properties in particular, the county jail, the courthouse and the board of education building, have not received the necessary attention because of a lack of available resources, the story stated.

According to the story, the grand jury meets once a month to present findings from inspections performed at each county-owned property before handing their maintenance lists to those in charge of implementing the repairs.

Although the county would love to immediately make all of the necessary and suggested repairs, they rank tasks based on severity, performing safety repairs prior to those simply affecting aesthetics, the story noted.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks claims the inspections have not been entirely accurate, saying: "That jail is cleaned constantly every day. That''s not mold; it''s dust. The jail is painted four times a year, and inmates are given cleaning supplies to upkeep the common areas in the jail. The jail is cleaned, swept and mopped every day. This is a jail. It''s not a pretty place."

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