City of Ingleside Press Conference

PRESS CONFERENCE
CITY OF INGLESIDE, TX

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WHERE:  Ingleside ISD Administration Building, 2664 San Angelo, Ingleside, TX

TIME:  6:00 P.M.

WHO:  City Council, City Manager and Incident Management Coordinator

The City of Ingleside priority municipal buildings, like so many buildings impacted by Hurricane Harvey, were reviewed for wind and rain damage and tested for mold after a report was made of visual mold in the City Hall building late August.  Reports of mold in City Hall and the Public Library, neither of which has been open to the public since August 24th, were received on September 19th.  Results indicate that neither building should be used until the mold is fully remediated.

Other City buildings were scheduled for mold testing as well.  The mold report for the City Hall Annex building was received on September 20th.  While this building was not found to have levels of mold that was concerning, many items have been moved from City Hall to the City Annex in order to get minimal City services operational.  As a result, the City Hall Annex has been closed until further testing can be completed and as necessary, remediation has been completed.  Additional facilities are still scheduled to be tested.

In addition, Police and Municipal Court storage facilities were damaged by Hurricane Harvey and the clean-up of these facilities earlier this week may have exposed employees to mold.

In an abundance of caution, more than thirty-five (35) City personnel that may have had any exposure to mold in these facilities are being sent to the doctor and are being asked to monitor their health and report any concerns for the next 90 days.

Hurricane Harvey caused substantial wind damage and resulted in mold issues as well.  There is now a more complete picture and understanding of the full damage to City of Ingleside municipal facilities resulting from Harvey.

The City had developed a plan to address City future operations for the short-term.  An Interim City Hall location was approved by the City Council on September 12th and is scheduled to open with full services on Tuesday, September 26th at Bayside Vista Shopping Center, 2334 Hwy. 361 in Ingleside.

However, the Utility Billing and Building Inspections / Permits Office opened today at this location.

When calling for any City services that were located in City Hall or the Annex, please use the City Hall phone number which continues to be (361) 776-2517.