Efforts Underway to Correct MPD Mold Problems

Meridian police have a tough job out on the streets, but working inside the department has its own struggles. Mold and water damage are steadily becoming more of a problem, and the city's administration says it's ready to put an end to it.

"We're working hard to bring closure to this," CAO Mike McGrevey says. "To put a new roof on the building and then to repair the damage that has occurred within the building as a result of the leak."

The MPD building is actually owned by developer David Watkins, financed through Citizens National Bank and leased to the city. Archie McDonnell, president of the bank, says when Watkins development constructed the facility, they expected these problems could arise.

"It had an old roof on it that was expected to have about another three to five year life in it. There were funds that were built into the project and placed into escrow in order to replace the roof."

But if they knew this problem would arise, why wait so long to get it fixed? Officials say the fact of the matter is, while putting a new roof on this building seems like an easy fix, it's actually a very time consuming process that takes a lot of effort.

"I understand it's a little bit difficult for people to understand why you can't just pull the trigger on it and do it," McDonnel says. "It just takes a little bit of time for everybody to sign off on it."

But that's finally happened. The bank has clearance to release those funds for this new roof with two bids: one to replace the roof, the other is to repair the damage on the inside. Now it's just a matter of those contractors getting started. An inspector is evaluating that damage and potential danger from the mold. McGrevey says the city will be seeking restitution from Watkins for the damage.