- Associated Press - Friday, November 10, 2017

SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) - Officials say the Scituate Town Hall is being vacated over mold and asbestos concerns.

WJAR-TV reports officials announced the plan during a meeting Thursday evening. Town employees will move to the building and zoning office and to the highway garage as Town Hall is vacated Friday.

Town Council President John Mahoney says employees have been asking for repairs “for decades.” He says the fact that it got to this point is “an absolute disgrace.”

Mahoney says it will cost about $330,000 to repair the building.

An environmental management consultant blames the issue on the lack of ventilation in the attic and basement. He says the mold should be removed by Nov. 25.

Town officials have yet to say when the building will reopen.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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