Air quality test results received on October 18, 2016, at 5 p.m. showed mold in a new area of concern behind wallpaper that was being replaced in the Spartanburg County Judicial Center.
Hope Blackley, Clerk of the Court for Spartanburg County, who manages the day-to-day operations of the Judicial Center, directed that the area be contained and that the nearby employee entrance be closed until it is remediated beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, after employees are no longer in the building.
JMAC Environmental had previously completed its mold remediation work in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system of the 60-year-old Judicial Center, but they warned that the mold will come back, that the building can’t be completely fixed.
Forty-five building employees have filed Worker’s Comp claims.
Security is also an issue in the Judicial Center. All parties (judges, jurors, attorneys, litigants, public, staff and prisoners) share the same hallways, stairs and elevator. This creates risk for violence or escape.
The building also lacks secure parking for judges. The building is not properly designed to run a court system.
A new building is needed to house County Administration and the County Court House, but the county doesn’t have the money. A suggestion has been raised for a penny sales tax increase until the building project is completed. That is a decision for the Spartanburg County Council, and though they could raise taxes, they would probably put it on a ballot for the voters to decide. The County will pay one way or another — in lawsuits, and even then, a new building will need to be built.
Blackley made a presentation before the County Council in June 2014 on the mold problem and security concerns. Many of the windows leak, and […]