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Black mold forces city hall employees into trailer office

September 17, 2009
OAK POINT, TX — Oak Point City Hall employees are working out of a temporary trailer office after being forced out of City Hall by black mold, according to WFAA-TV.
The potentially toxic mold was discovered when a door was being replaced and black mold was visible behind the molding, the story stated.
Ashley Stathatos, Oak Point''s city manager, said: "I can''t say whether they were at risk or not, but I can say I think the city took the proper action that as soon as we found out there was black mold we moved people out as a precaution."
According to the story, several employees regularly burned scented candles and used various other techniques to cover up the moldy smell.
Crews have begun ripping out walls and flooring to gauge the extent of the mold damage, the beginning of what could come to be a complicated and costly project, the story noted.
A contractor will be brought in to perform post-construction cleanup, after which the city will decide whether or not to tear down the building, the story added.
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