KITTANNING – After finding mold growing on the upper floor of the old county jail, Armstrong County officials last week agreed to have other county buildings checked for mold as well.

“We’re trying to get ahead of anything,” county chief administrator Aaron Poole said following Thursday’s meeting of county commissioners Pat Fabian, Jason Renshaw and George Skamai. The commissioners adopted a “public health emergency” resolution dealing with the mold remediation.

Poole said that mold was first found in the record storage area on the top floor of the old jail, located next to the county courthouse. A company was brought in to take care of the problem, and the work was paid for through the county’s Records Improvement Fund.

Because of it being an extremely wet year, and with mold problems encountered at a number of schools and other buildings in the area, Poole said the county will have its buildings, including the Belmont Complex and the Department of Planning and Development, tested for mold.

“We’re addressing it right away,” Poole said.

Skamai added that the county is also taking measures to make sure the mold doesn’t come back in the records center.

In other business at least week’s brief meeting, the commissioners acknowledged funding the county will receive from the USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program.

County planner Carmen Johnson said that the county had requested $48,000 to be used toward a $123,000 housing preservation project in the county, but instead learned recently that the county will receive $69,718.

Also at the meeting, the following residents were reappointed to the Armstrong County Airport Authority: Anthony Ferrante of Vandergrift, Rob Yobp of Kittanning, Mark Kozlosky of Kittanning, John Lindsey of Freeport, Walter Sell Jr. of Kittanning, Brian Morris of Kittanning, and Robert Bower of Kittanning.

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