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VALLEY, AL (WTVM) -

City employees hang pictures on the wall as a finishing touch to an improved Valley City Hall building.

"We have done the inspections, we're clear of all mold and we're back in City Hall," says Valley Mayor Leonard Riley.

Last fall, mold was discovered in City Hall as well as the police and EMS buildings.

Fearing the mold would lead to health problems for employees, the City moved quickly to repair the structures.

Officials say faulty air units and damaged insulation were to blame for the problem that came with a hefty price tag paid for by tax payer dollars.

"So when everything is said and done we've spent close to $1 million renovating the building and removing the mold. We found more mold than what showed up on the existing boards. It was actually 3.200 more square feet of wall that had to be taken out. Almost all of the Council Chambers had to be taken out," explains Riley.

For eight months, City Hall moved their team to Langdale Mill, the Police Department to the Public Works building and EMS to the East Alabama Water District.

Fortunately even with staff located in different areas of the city, everyday operations ran normally.

Now life as they knew it last spring is almost back to normal on Fob James Drive, on time and under budget

"I couldn't ask for our employees to do any better in the moving process and handling our citizens out of the old Langdale Mill," says Riley.

The Police Department and EMS will officially be moved into their offices Monday and Tuesday of next week.

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