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Health department says mold at City Hall needs to be fixed fast

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A leaky pipe and mold inside New London City Hall will have to be fixed immediately, according to officials with a local health district.

After an inspection on Jan. 10, Ledge Light Health District officials slapped the city with an order on Thursday.

The Ledge Light Health District officials said the city has to come up with a remediation plan for the leaky pipe and mold by Jan. 24.

City officials have to repair the steam pipe and remove the mold by Jan. 31.

New London Mayor Daryll Finizio said the repairs are "doable."

"It absolutely is, if the council acts," Finizio said. "I hope they act and don't drag their feet on this."

On Tuesday, the City Council will vote on spending $250,000 to underwrite the repairs and apply for state funding to cover it.

"But our budgets are very, very limited, so we don't have the direct funds to make these repairs," said New London Mayor Daryll Finizio.

"I'm really skeptical that it should cost that much money to fix a leaky steam pipe," said councilman Michael Passero. "I have a lot of questions as to how it got to this point."

Passero and councilman Martin Olsen Jr. plan on introducing a bill Tuesday to fund a major renovation project of City Hall.

"It needs to be completely upgraded and improved," Olsen said.

Finizio said he inherited decades of neglect and the problems aren't just in City Hall. A boiler and room at the Bennie Dover Middle School need to be repaired. The high school needs to get up to accessibility code, so it doesn't lose accreditation.

"So while we take these emergency steps now to address the immediate problem, we should not forget this is only the tip of the iceberg of a capital problem that is found throughout our city and needs to be addressed," Finizio said.

Finizio said beyond the pipe problem and mold, when they open up the brick walls at New London City Hall, there's asbestos and other issues that need to be taken care of.

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