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Spencer County Sheriff files lawsuit against Spencer County Fiscal Court over mold issue

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TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – An ongoing mold problem is causing a feud between two Spencer County government offices.

The Sheriff's Office said it was given no choice but to sue Spencer County Fiscal Court after months of employees getting sick in the building and being afraid to come to work.

It's been the same story in Spencer County since July.

“We've had two deputies who have been taken to the hospital. One deputy was hospitalized,” Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump told WDRB News.

Sheriff Stump said a mold contamination is to blame. But even worse than that, he says Spencer County Fiscal Court isn't doing enough to provide a safe and healthy workplace.

“I don't think they understand the seriousness of what is going on here,” he said.

So Sheriff Stump is hoping to make them understand by suing Judge Executive John Riley and the five county magistrates.

“Any space they occupy has to be free of mold. There are statues and regulations that govern the quality of air that must be present in this facility where the sheriff is required to do business,” said attorney Thomas Clay, who is representing the sheriff.

Mold can be seen covering the ceiling and once blue air filters are now completely black. The sheriff has even ordered employees not to enter the second floor of the building, meaning some deputies are working in the mobile command center or out of their vehicles.

While Fiscal Court members did not want to comment, an environmental company it hired corroborated Sheriff Stump’s concerns.

Significant levels of Stachybotrys mold were discovered, which can lead to pathological changes in animal and human tissue. Chaetomium mold was also found, which has been shown to cause kidney and liver damage in lab animals.

“I'm not over exaggerating anything," Sheriff Stump said. "I'm just going based on what I've been told and what the reports says."

Previous remedies by the court through blowers and air scrubbers have proven ineffective. That same environmental company, Environmental Safety Technologies, Inc., came to this conclusion, "filtration is not a solution to the indoor air quality issues in this facility. Source removal and proper remediation of the space are necessary to return this building to a normal environment."

Sheriff Stump is also worried about public safety with the hazardous mold. With tax collection season underway, he is asking residents to mail their information in. He doesn't want them to risk their health coming to the building or having to wait outside to be helped at the mobile command center.

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