A similar but more toxic irritant, (mold issue) was discovered years ago by police department personnel and reported to town officials. Their first response was to close the door to the police department's Juvenile Bureau conference room, where the mold was found, neglecting to properly remediate the problem. After TFoTM released photographs of the inside of police headquarters and posted them here, police department personnel were forbidden to photograph the inside of the municipal building and allegedly threatened with disciplinary action.
Go to the following link to watch video posted earlier this year documenting issues: http://07090.blogspot.com/2011/02/town-employees-health-at-risk.html
The Town's response was to paint over dirty ceiling vents and allegedly place plywood over the areas where mold had been found. Did anyone ever think to check the buildings HVAC system? Dark and damp ventilation systems are a breeding ground for mold spores.
Another case of mismanagement, but Mayor Skibitsky will tell everyone that Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea is one of the best Town Administrators in the state of NJ.
Gildea generates complaints, grievances, and lawsuits like damp dirty HVAC systems attract mold. In order to get rid of the problem, try getting rid of the source.
What will it cost the taxpayer to have this potentially life threatening issue resolved? The taxpayer need not foot another bill if a class action lawsuit were to result from Town Administrator Jim Gildea's mismanagement. No doubt, Westfield's town attorney's are enthralled with Mr. Gildea; he keeps them busy.
Had the mold issue been dealt with when first reported years ago, perhaps the police sergeant would not have been the victim of an illness last week, causing the need for him to seek medical attention.