Cambria County courthouse

Cambria County Courthouse is shown in this file photo.

EBENSBURG – Cambria County officials are taking steps to sanitize an area of the courthouse annex where mold was recently located. 

Bill Valko, Cambria County Court Administrator, said the mold was isolated to an area of the basement beneath the tax assessment and tax claims office, where county detectives have offices. 

An air quality test was performed by Allegheny Mountain Research, which gave county officials a report to move forward with sanitizing that area. 

County detectives have been relocated until the remedial work is done, Valko said, and Allegheny Mountain Research has determined that employees in the tax assessment and tax claim bureau offices are unaffected. 

Valko said the courthouse has never had mold issues previously and that the recent problem was created by a roof leak on that side of the building that dampened carpeting and caused mold growth. 

“We have to install some kind of air management system down there,” Valko said. 

Carpeting will be removed as part of the remedial work, Valko said, for which the county has received three bids ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 to perform the work on evenings and weekends outside of normal courthouse hours. 

County Solicitor Bill Barbin said there are funds to do that in emergency accounts for these types of situations. 

Barbin and Valko are hopeful that once all three bids are reviewed, the county commissioners will approve a contract with a third party contractor to begin cleanup efforts as soon as possible. 

The commissioners meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Nanty Glo Food Pantry. 

​Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.

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