Mold to be taken out of library wall

Mold removal will begin Monday in a section of the lower level of the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St.

A maintenance worker recently discovered signs of mold inside an office wall in the Literacy Center, according to library spokesman Bob Kretschman. Air tested in the Literacy Center and three offices in that area showed elevated counts of mold spores. The offices and Literacy Center lobby are closed and staff and classes in that area have been temporarily relocated until the mold removal and cleaning process is done.

The project is expected to take up to seven days, depending on how soon spore tests show normal levels after the anti-microbial cleaning. Plastic sheeting will cover the impacted area during that time. Most of the mold remediation work will happen at night and the library will remain open as usual during the project.

Kretschman said it appears the mold is not growing, may have appeared within the last year, and is an allergen, not a toxin. Other parts of the lower level, including the Literacy Center Language Lab had normal spore counts and remain open.

“We want to let people know what’s happening so they are not alarmed when they see the plastic go up,” Kretschman said. “As far as we know there is no danger in the rest of the library.”

The temporary source of moisture that contributed to the mold growth is gone and no moisture remains in the wall, according to Kretschman. No library patrons complained of allergic reactions to mold this year but some staff who worked in the affected area complained of some physical discomfort.


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