Wednesday Nov 02 2011
Roseville DMV office closed due to mold
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
The Department of Motor Vehicles shut down its Roseville field office Wednesday after tests indicated positive results for mold contamination. Customers were notified when test results came back around 1:30 p.m. and the office immediately shut down, according to DMV spokesman Jaime Garza. “We decided to shut down as a precaution,” Garza said. “Customers who were still there, we facilitated them, got them out and we were done.” The DMV tested the field office for mold after employees were noticing a “musky smell” for about one week, Garza said. The mold Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly known as black mold, was discovered by environmental experts near a janitor’s closet where there had been previous water damage, Garza said. Garza said the field office, located at 222 Harding Blvd., will be closed for at least a week, possibly longer while crews clean out the mold, replace drywall and retest. “We won’t let anybody back in there until we get positive results from the test that says everything is good and clear,” he said. Dr. Bradley Chipps, with Sutter Independent Physicians, said black mold can cause problems for people with asthma and cause nasal congestion, sneezing and coughing. “It’s not something that is safe for people to be exposed to on a chronic basis,” Chipps said. “It is definitely something that needs to be addressed.” In the meantime, customers are being redirected to nearby field offices in Rocklin, Carmichael and Folsom. Customers who had appointments beyond Wednesday have been or are being notified for rescheduling, Garza said. On Thursday, a security guard stood post outside the Roseville field office directing customers to other area DMV offices. No drive tests will be conducted at the facility while it is closed, and all 23 employees who work at the Roseville site are being reassigned to nearby offices. “When we increase our customer demand because of a closure, we want extra people there to be able to handle the increase,” Garza said. The Roseville field office, which handles about 150,000 transactions annually, is housed in a building that was constructed in 1973. A new Roseville field office is expected to open sometime in 2013 or 2014, Garza said, but the DMV has not yet laid plans as to where that office will be located or when it will open. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.