Courthouse closing due to black mold

EDMONTON, Ky. (AP) — A south-central Kentucky courthouse is closing for two days so that black mold can be removed from the historic structure.

The Glasgow Daily Times ( reports the Metcalfe County Courthouse will close early Friday and won’t reopen until Tuesday. The newspaper reports the mold developed due to leaks in the building’s heating and cooling system. The cost for the removal is estimated at about $20,000.

Judge-Executive Greg Wilson says a hygienist tested each room in the building for black mold and found that the building “is just full of it.”

The issue has led to discussions about whether county offices — including those of the judge-executive, county treasurer, property valuation administrator and the county clerk — should be moved somewhere else.

Wilson, however, says that a move isn’t likely.

“I’ve done brought it up until I’m blue in the face. I think it’s a waste to bring it back up.”

Officials have said a full renovation of the building would be costly because it also contains asbestos and lead paint.


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