| by Dave
Landmark assistant editor
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
But unfortunately some areas of the Platte County
Courthouse are gathering high levels of mold.
High enough levels of mold, in fact, that Circuit
Judge Owens Lee Hull, Jr., and his staff had to
evacuate their offices earlier this week and take
up temporary space in a jury deliberation room,
according to John Kempt, facilities director.
According to Kempt, Judge Hull discovered the
mold about three weeks ago when he noticed it
behind some peeling wallpaper in his office area.
The mold is black in color, said Kempt.
Kempt and Dana Babcock, director of administration,
retained APEX Environmental Consultants to inspect
the problem office areas and issue a report.
APEX performed moisture and air quality
tests specifically in Division 2 judges
office and court reporters office,
stated Babcock on Tuesday.
These tests reported elevated levels of
mold in these specific offices. It would appear
at this time the mold is a result of leaking windows.
The initial APEX tests found that the mold level
inside Judge Hulls office were higher than
they were outdoors. The mold levels in the court
reporters office were lower than outside.
APEXs report also specified that outside
mold counts may wildly fluctuate during September.
APEX recommended that Platte County correct the
mold as soon as possible.
Well remove any wallboard and carpet
thats molded, Kempt said.
The county will probably contract out the wall
section replacements but will replace the carpet
with labor performed by county employees, Kempt
A company called Steamatic will do the de-molding
procedures, Kempt. Steamatic employees are at
the courthouse this week performing the mold remediation.
The high presence of mold inside the courthouse
does not create any automatic health hazard.
The only health hazard is for people that
are allergic to mold, Kempt said.
There have been no reported health issues related
to mold at the courthouse so far, he said.
Its business as usual, Kempt
Based on APEXs initial findings, Babcock
asked APEX to return to the courthouse and test
the entire facility room by room, she stated.
The results should be available in one-two weeks.
We appreciate everyones help in this
matter, and we will do everything necessary to
safeguard the health of our employees and visitors
to the courthouse, Babcock stated.