WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council recently held a committee meeting for a project that will temporarily relocate the Fairfield County Courthouse for issues stemming from mold buildup.
The courthouse has several remodeling projects schedule, so the committee is reviewing possible locations.
Fairfield County deputy administrator Davis Anderson said the air conditioning system has been the main culprit allowing mold to build.
“The system is not sufficient enough to keep the mold growth from growing in the courthouse,” he stated. “So, we’re trying to fix the situation before we get into hazardous work conditions.”
Anderson noted that the A/C system is so taking the moisture out of the air properly, which is causing the mold to buildup.
Although it is only in the preliminary stages, the project is anticipated to take anywhere from 12 to 18 months.
Remodeling will not only include the HVAC system, but the electrical system as well.
Since the courthouse is a historic building, the majority of the piping will need to be re-routed.
“It will be a pretty lengthy job and employees will not be able to work in the building,” Anderson stated.
The county prefers to save the courthouse because it is a Mills designed courthouse and a historic building.
A possible relocation site of the EMS station across from the Fairfield Recreation Center has been proposed.
Each department, totaling nearly 20 employees, would be relocated in the process.
Anderson said that court would either be rescheduled or held in other locations during the remodeling process.
Chester or York are some possible sites where court would be held.
Other buildings that might possibly be used during the remodeling process include the old Food Lion, Elite or Rough and Tough building.
However, Anderson noted that all those buildings will have an additional cost factor.
“The EMS building would cost less because we already utilize the building anyway,” he said.
The engineer’s expected price for the remodeling project was unavailable at press time.