NORTHFIELD CENTER — Township officials hope Township Hall will reopen to staff and the public on Friday after some remediation of pathogenic mold is completed.

Township Administrator Steve Wright said an air quality expert inspected the building Monday and detected the presence of pathogenic mold. So for safety reasons, officials decided to shut down the building temporarily.

Wright said a firm is expected to clear the air inside the building Thursday, and if all goes well the building should be open Friday.

In the interim, Township Hall staff is operating out of the service department building, which is located at 8484 Olde Eight Road.

Wright said Wednesday the temporary move to the service facility is not hindering township operations.

Township officials have been aware for some time that there are asbestos and mold issues in the basement of Township Hall, and are rounding up quotes for longterm remedies.

"What we’re doing this week is not a longterm fix," Wright said. "Once we get quotes, we’ll have to decide what to do in the basement."

The township invites residents to a forum May 23 to provide opinions about the future of Township Hall, the fire station and park / recreation facilities. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Nordonia Hills Branch Library on Olde Eight Road.

Until the staff returns to Township Hall, residents with general / non-service department-related inquiries can call 330-468-8629 or 330-730-8260.

Wright said township officials appreciate residents’ patience as they work to make facilities safer and healthier for staff and residents.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com.