TEMPLE (February 7, 2013)—The Temple City Council voted Thursday to authorize a $7.25 million settlement in a lawsuit the city filed over the discovery of mold in the Temple Police Department’s building.
The amount of the settlement, which was the product of a court-ordered mediation, will cover the $5.3 million the city spent on mold remediation, court costs and other fees, City Manager David Blackburn said.
The vote came a little more than a year after police moved back into the building at 209 East Ave. A after vacating the building in 2011 so contractors could go to work on renovations and mold remediation.
Police moved into the building in 2005.
Mold was first discovered in the building in November 2009, but tests determined the molds that were present weren't of the type that posed significant health risks.
In an effort to get the contractor and architects involved with the heating and cooling systems to address the mold issue The City of Temple filed a lawsuit claiming negligence, breach of contract, and damages.
The architect who designed the building and the contractor who built it failed to come up with a plan to eliminate the mold so the city hired an attorney experienced in construction law to pursue damages in a suit to which there were ultimately nearly 20 parties.
In the meantime city officials decided to uses taxpayer dollars to pay for the cleanup.