City originally thought asbestos problem at Godeke Library - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/20/09

City originally thought asbestos problem at Godeke Library

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  Last summer, the city hired a company to investigate air quality inside the Godeke Library because of a Worker's Compensation Claim.

Documents indicate at first, officials thought the problem was asbestos and might only cost 16,000 dollars to fix. But on November 17th, investigators noticed water damage. The investigators came back in January to look deeper into one of the damaged walls. On January 29th, Godeke closed to the public. On February 2nd, the City got written confirmation of what had already been communicated orally, the problem was mold.

The report does not say what kind of mold and there's no estimate of how much it will cost to fix, since the issue is mold and not asbestos. Mayor Tom Martin is now on record saying that Godeke might have to be demolished because the problem is so extensive.

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