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Posted on: October 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Further Testing in Community Center Finds Mold in Damaged Area of Lobby

On Oct. 4, Tracy Herbert, a senior-level hygienist with the forensic hygienist firm Arizona Indoor Air Quality & Environmental Testing, LLC (AZIAQ), performed a follow-up examination of the Community Center testing for any mold, mildew, or other microbial contamination. Herbert bored into the lobby's walls where water intrusion occurred and took three air quality samples. The hygienist then sealed the walls. The initial air quality analysis performed by AZIAQ on Sept. 23 for potential microbial contamination within the center "did not indicate elevations or concentrations of microbial contamination at the time and the location that the samples were obtained."

The new lab tests of the wall samples found evidence of elevated concentrations of microbial contamination or black mold from the samples taken.

The Town will hire a company to perform remediation, consisting of the removal of 4 feet of drywall in the lobby area of the Community Center and chemical treatment of the wall cavities. The remediation work will occur while the Community Center is closed. Each year the Community Center is closed due to the Great Fair weekend, November 11-13, so work will commence on this date for the remediation work. The areas with drywall removed and chemically treated will have air samples taken to the lab for retesting to confirm the successful remediation efforts. Then following the remediation efforts, a crew will come in to install new drywall, texture the drywall, and paint the drywall. It is anticipated to take a week from beginning to end to complete this work. 



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