HONESDALE—Results from a recent air quality test revealed that the mold infestation within the police station is under control for the moment.
On July 13, Scott Jenkins of Bluestone Environmental, Inc. took four air samples from inside the police department building – one each from the chief's office, the main office area, and the second and third floors – and one from outside as a control.
As read by Borough Secretary Judy Poltanis at council's July 17 meeting, Jenkins' report shows that all samples taken from within the building contain significantly fewer fungal structures – traces of mold/mold-like substances – per cubic meter than the outside sample does.
The largest concentration of fungal structures in the building were found on the third floor.
On that floor, there were 11,000 per cubic meter.
That number is less than half of the 27,000 fungal structures per cubic meter found in the outdoor sample.
With the threat of further outbreaks abated, council was free to deliberate solutions to other issues which had arisen along the remediation process.
As was previously reported, when the basement's drywall was removed for cleaning, it was discovered that some of the building's joists had been damaged in the past.
Council President Mike Augello explained at the meeting that, upon inspection by a borough-hired engineer, the damage was minimal and not hazardous to the building's structural integrity.
No repairs are necessary, but the engineer outlined a recommendation to support the structure should council decide they wish to do so.
As part of the remediation, carpet and parts of the flooring on the first floor had been removed.
After deliberation, council decided to replace the carpet in the station with vinyl tile flooring.
Since the air quality test showed fungal levels were no longer elevated, Council member Mike Dux suggested seeking additional quotes for materials and installation.
As the cost is not expected to exceed roughly $6,000, council voted to bid, purchase and install the flooring according to resolution 2017-017.
Council also voted to purchase and install in the basement a dehumidifying system from Wave Home Solutions.
Department of Public Works Director Rich Doney recommended hiring the company for the installation as he did not feel comfortable doing so.
The installation involved drilling several holes for ventilation and circulation to pump out excess moisture from the room.
Doney stated the company had given him a quote of $1,170 to do the procedure.
The system will keep moisture levels in check and help to prevent future build up.