Lubbock's Mayor says mold found throughout Godeke Library - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/18/09

Lubbock's Mayor says mold found throughout Godeke Library

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Lubbock, TEXAS (KCBD) - Lubbock's Mayor says there is mold throughout the city's most visited southwest library branch.  At the end of January, NewsChannel 11 told you the Godeke Library would close due to the discovery of mold.

The sign on the door at the library reads closed indefinitely for repair. There are now questions from the City of Lubbock if the building can be repaired. This comes after an outside consultant conducted an extensive investigation into the mold problem inside the building.

For many in southwest Lubbock the Godeke Library has been a place to barrow a far off land or a new idea for nearly 30 years. That is no longer the case.

"They have taken parts of the wall down, the wall paper, the ceiling it's everywhere," Mayor Tom Martin said.

Martin says mold is not just in one area, but throughout the building. On Tuesday, the consultants showed Martin, along with other city staff the depth of the problem.

"The building leaks from above and below," Martin said. NewsChannel 11 asked, is that where you think the mold has come from? "There is probably no doubt that's what has caused the mold problems over the years," Martin added.

Last week the City of Lubbock Facilities Director Wes Everett showed us one of the mold sources. Though they have identified the problem, he says consultants do not typically test for mold types.

"We know it is not suppose to be there," Everett said. "A lot of times on the air quality testing and sampling for different kinds of mold it can get quite expensive," Everett added.

It is a problem that forced more than 80,000 items to be removed from the library, which Everett says is currently in a storage facility. Meanwhile, Martin says efforts are underway for an interim solution to library access in southwest Lubbock. Late Wednesday afternoon NewsChannel 11 cameras rolled as some city council members surveyed a vacant area in southwest Lubbock. Martin says currently they are looking at such locations to unpack all the fairy tales and adventures from the Godeke Library.

"Whether that's for one year or whether that's somewhat permanent that's probably going to emerge as the best option," Martin said.

To be clear Martin says at this time, they don't know yet where or if a temporary library will be set. He also says they are looking into if insurance will cover all the expenses associated with the mold problem here. But what happens to the building and how much could is it going to cost you the taxpayer? We'll working to get those questions answered and will have more tonight on NewsChannel 11 at ten.

2/16/09
Last remaining books removed from Godeke
Lubbock County inmates began to remove more than 80,000 items from the building last week. This comes after the city discovered mold inside the Godeke Library late last month.  

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