St. Croix Elections Board to hold meeting on mold

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ST. CROIX - The St. Croix District Board of Elections will meet in an emergency session Wednesday to discuss mold in the Sunny Isle Annex office.

Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes issued a notice to the public last week that the board will meet to discuss the issues at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Sunny Isle location, and the agenda for the day will include three items relevant to the mold issue.

On Friday, technicians from Adco mold remediation company were at the office vacuuming the wooden shelving on the cabinets as well as the big ledger books and the surrounding area to remove the mold, which was visible in some areas. Workers also used a cleaning solution and wiped down the surfaces and books.

According to the agenda provided, there will be discussions and updates on the status of the mold situation at the office, which includes a number of complaints from employees.

Other agenda items include the landlord's response to the mold situation and a timeline of the events surrounding the discovery of the mold, and the report and treatment plans that Fawkes created.

A plan of action provided by the Property and Procurement Department will also be presented to the public during the meeting, according to the agenda.

Ahead of Wednesday's meeting, Fawkes said she realized the severity of the problem, which seemingly originated near the large voter registration log books that are stored in a wooden cabinet in the front area of the office.

She said she had the cabinet doors removed and made arrangements for a mold-elimination company to begin cleaning the affected area.

Fawkes said Friday that she is not planning on being at Wednesday's meeting because of a conflict with other duties, but she will provide all of the needed information so that the board meeting will be informative.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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