Courthouse mold cleanup to cost $163k

It will cost Forrest County $163,000 to remove mold and asbestos from the courthouse.

Supervisors awarded the project to Specialty Abatement Services of Hattiesburg. The price covers the removal of the mold, but does not pay for the renovations that are needed to completely repair the old building.

Last March, the county discovered that the building was full of bacteria, fungi, and yeast. Officials relocated all employees temporarily.

Officials estimate it'll be another year before the building can be reoccupied.