••UPDATE: Village officials will return to their offices on Tuesday.
By Joshua Maloni
The Village of Lewiston’s Red Brick Municipal Building is expected to reopen to the public tonight, after 5 p.m., now that 716 Clean Up & Restoration has finished its initial mold remediation process.
716 Clean Up & Restoration was on site over the past two weeks, overseeing and conducting what project manager Shane Hill described as an elaborate, top-to-bottom cleansing. The Saunders Settlement-based company, which provides mold and junk removal, and fire, water and flood damage control, tasked Rochester’s Fulmer Mold with testing the air quality upon first finding the mold, and again once the mold was contained.
As part of the review process, Lozier Environmental Consulting – also of Rochester – provided Fulmer Mold with an analysis report. Testing was conducted for fungi/pollen including alternaria, ascosoore, basidiosoore, botrvtis, cladosoorium, eoicoccum, ganoderma, pithomvces, polvthrincium and torula in the clerk’s office; on the upper floor, where the municipality has a half-dozen tenant spaces; and in the basement gymnasium.
In addition, though mice feces were found in various locations throughout the building, no rodent-based hantavirus was detected.
Mayor Anne Welch said, “I’m glad the remediation has been completed, and it is safe to return to the building.”
Any remaining containment tents within the Red Brick are expected to be removed this weekend.
The cost to clean the building and redress the mold is pegged at $200,000. Trustees will hold a public hearing prior to their Oct. 17 monthly meeting to listen to resident comments on a proposal to use fund balance monies to pay the bill.