Odessa Leaders Dealing with Emergency Building Issues

| August 21, 2014 | 6:51 am
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The Odessa Police and Ambulance Building on North 2nd street has had multiple inspections which point out problems with mold and other cleanliness issues. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Odessa City Administrator Jon Holmes.

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City Administrator Jon Holmes says the Board of Aldermen and his office have been trying to get on top of the problem since heavy rainfall in 2010 caused serious flooding.

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“There was some concerns about mold in the building since it was not cleaned up properly. So, at that time the Lafayette Co. Health Department was contacted, they came in and they suspected that there was mold in the building,” he said.

“And at that time they did much as they did this time. It’s just a recommendation that we need to take care of some things. Up to this point, there was no visible mold growing around the building,” Holmes finished.

The inspection by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found visible mold and Administrator Holmes says measures are being taken to correct the problems.

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“We are planning to have a professional company come in and do a thorough cleaning of that, so we will be working with them on that. Additionally there was a second testing done, a more expensive testing that was done this last week,” Holmes said.

“We should be expecting the results back from that within this week, sometime,” he concluded.

Following the delivery of those results, city leaders will have to decide in the near future whether the problem structure can be renovated or a new building is needed.

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