County employees moved from mold-infested offices

by: Dave Huddleston Updated:

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ATLANTA - Seventeen employees of the Fulton County Purchasing Department can finally take off their masks. They are moving out of their mold-infested office.

The employees started wearing the masks after recent rains flooded an office conference room over the weekend.

The Facilities Department moved the employees Thursday afternoon.

The purchasing department is now located in three separate areas of the downtown government building on Pyror Street.

The problem has been ongoing.

Channel 2 Action News has learned that back in October Facilities Director Davis Ricks told county commissioners they had more than $900,000 to fix the problem, but instead they decided to build a sidewalk on Fairburn Road in southwest Atlanta.

County Commissioner Robb Pitts, who toured the moldy office building with Channel 2's Dave Huddleston, said he didn't know the problem was this bad, even though he works in the same building.

"This situation has never been explained to the board of commissioners that this was an emergency in the government center," Pitts said.

Fulton County Commissioner John Eaves told Huddleston they will vote on the issue at their next board meeting and use funds to fix the mold at the government center.