City of East Point employees fear asbestos in city building - CBS46 News

City of East Point employees fear asbestos in city building

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EAST POINT, GA (CBS46) -

In downtown East Point, at the city's Customer Care Center, there's a serious health concern which community activist Jean Wilson wants you to know about. 

"When they purchased it they knew it was in there," said Wilson. "They were made aware that asbestos was in the building. They can't say that they did not know."

She's heard from employees complaining about the conditions including this city worker who did not want to be identified for fear of losing their job.

"We've been experiencing mold, mildew, termites, possibly asbestos," said one employee. "They've been doing a lot of construction, drilling holes in the walls while the building is open to the public."

The Former mayor of East Point says she knew about the asbestos as well. She issued this statement to our newsroom:

Yes, I knew that the Customer Care building had an asbestos problem while I was a Council Member and Mayor.  The City Clerk and Human Resources staffs were transferred from the downstairs area to Jefferson Station because of the problem.  I was told that the asbestos problem was limited to the downstairs area and was being contained.  Evidently, that is not the case and no employees or residents should be allowed to work in the upstairs area.  I left office on December 31, 2013, and more that enough time has transpired for the asbestos problem to be resolved and the building closed.

"East Point has a lot of senior citizens that have a lot of illness so when they go in there they're breathing that same air," said Wilson.

The anxiety intensified for everyone when an employee said this red tape was put up in the building warning of asbestos.

"Once we questioned about the asbestos signs and tape they removed it and said it was pretty much good and there was nothing there," the employee said.

"They don't care.  It's a don't care attitude when they don't concern themselves with their employees," said Wilson.

Some of those employees have complained about rashes and respiratory infections, yet the city continues to operate as if it's business as usual.

"They have buildings they can lease and move people around and things like that.  They can use any excuse they want to, but the bottom line is they need to save these people's lives," said Wilson. 

CBS46 reached out to the City of East Point regarding this story. They issued the following statement:

Creating a safe work environment for employees is the top priority of the City. The City has made recent modifications to our Customer Care building and will investigate these complaints. We will continue to inspect our buildings regularly and address specific complaints to ensure that all of our employees and members of the public who visit our facilities are in a safe environment. 

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