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Cause of library odor under investigation

Ballston's Libray smell has left and returned for years, more tests underway

Outside the library welcomes visitors, except one.

Outside the library welcomes visitors, except one.

Aside from mold, the test will detect a number of things including dander and pollen, whatever can attach itself to the cartridge. Results, according to Michaels, revealed that there is no threat of mold. He did say though that springtime is a good time to test, since at that time of year there is more likely to be moisture in the air.

Town of Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth said she has received some comments from visitors to the library. She wanted to assure the public that efforts are being taken to investigate the cause of the musty odor.

“There appears to be no direct cause and results have shown nothing out of the ordinary. There is no health or safety concern,” she said.

Southworth also noted that the health inspector has visited the library in the past regarding the odor concerns, but has not been sent therer ecently. She did state, however, that if necessary the health inspector would be requested to make another visit to the library.

As the investigation continues, the library and town will work together in an effort to find the exact cause of the odor. “We have somebody coming in for a second opinion, because second opinions are good. We’ll have the walls, floors and air checked,” said DeAngelo.

The children’s library, which is housed on the second floor of the building, had a portion of its roof surface resurfaced last year due to leaks. That problem was remedied and is a separate issue than that of the odor detected downstairs.

On a lighter note, the library will be hosting a first annual minigolf fundraiser Friday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to5 p.m.

For a full calendar of events, visit them on the web at toblibrary.sals.edu.

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