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Spartanburg Co. Council votes to keep using current county courthouse

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Spartanburg Co. Courthouse (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 27, 2018) Spartanburg Co. Courthouse (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 27, 2018)

Spartanburg County Council voted during a special meeting Monday morning to keep using the current county courthouse and keep all employees in place there, despite ongoing mold issues, during the construction of a new courthouse complex.

Some council members wanted to move courthouse operations to a new building while a new one is built at the current location. However, a third party adviser spoke to the council and argued that it would not be in the county's best interest to move courtroom operations into a temporary facility.

Previously: After mold issues at courthouse, Spartanburg Co. looks at the future

Clerk of Court Hope Blackley was not happy with the vote. She said an OSHA report found the air quality was poor in the courthouse. She said mold has been a problem in the courthouse for years.

Many court employees filed a lawsuit in February, claiming the mold was making them sick.

Lawsuit: Spartanburg Co. courthouse employees suffering from mold-related illnesses

Officials said rain has been getting into the 60-year-old building on Magnolia Street and causing the mold issues.

Spartanburg County voters passed a penny sales tax in 2017 that will pay for the construction of a new court house and government complex.

Previously: Spartanburg Co. voters say yes to penny sales tax hike to pay for new government complex

Building assesment

On March 29, CCGI Management LLC conducted a "limited Indoor air quality, water damage assessment and mold assessment". The 128 page document of the findings can be found here.

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