BEECH GROVE, IN — The Beech Grove City Hall is a health inspector''s nightmare and an unfortunate reality for city employees, according to WTHR-TV.
Inspectors cited the building for a number of health violations after discovering puddles on tables, rotting ceiling tiles, warped walls and carpets and mold on every level from the vents to the water-logged basement, the story stated.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold has been shown to weaken the immune system, trigger asthma attacks, cause infections and migraines and over time can attack the brain and even cause death.
Although Mayor Donald Wright and his assistants, along with city council meetings and court hearings have all been moved to alternate locations, some city employees are still required to work in the hazardous, mold-infested building, the story noted.
According to the story, city council members say they were told the meetings were being moved because the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system wasn''t working; there was no mention of a mold problem.
A Marion County Health Department inspection report lists violations due to mold as far back as March 2008, the story added.
City Council Member Ed Bell said: "It was clearly obvious that mold was the reason we were moving out. It''s a slap in the face. We''ve asked the mayor to come before the council and answer questions but he refuses to do that. He wants to do it in private but we''ve had enough of the private. They''re trying to put a Band-Aid on the situation when it''s a serious problem."
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