MT. VERNON —
In 2009, the city had to close the facility to the public due to finding black mold. An environmental report released last year indicated the building not only has black mold, but friable asbestos, which is more easily released into the air and requires specific abatement procedures during demolition.
Wood said he is concerned the city may be in a similar situation in the future when Mt. Vernon Township High School vacates its existing campus and moves to a new school building to be built on Wells Bypass.
"I know the school districts are another taxing body, but all the money comes from our citizens who are taxpayers," Wood said. "We need to be sure we don't have to spend this kind of money again to tear down a building."
City Manager Ron Neibert said he is working with the city's legal counsel to prepare a recommendation for the council on the issue.
"We want to address how school districts and other taxing bodies get rid of the buildings so it doesn't become a burden on our taxpayers," Neibert said. "There are a couple avenues we can pursue, but I want to evaluate those plans with our legal counsel."
Neibert was expected to have a recommendation prepared for the council this month.