LISBON – Colombian County Commissioner Tim Weigle said he would file a claim for the money spent cleaning the county recorder books that were covered in mold while they were stored in Mahoning County.
Weigle reported after a recent board meeting that he spent $ 17,206, which includes the cost of transporting the 2,000 books now cleaned up by the Great Value Storage (GVS) to Boardman to the underground of the county electoral council, where they are temporarily stored.
He is doing so even if the insurance policy purchased from the county registrar Theresa Bosel seems to exclude coverage for any damage caused by mold or mildew.
During the meeting, Commissioner Jim Hoppel said that Bosel said that the storage units he had rented from GVS were climate controlled. Weigle said he spoke to GVS officials, who told him they had only promised that the units would be controlled by temperature, which is not the same thing.
Air-conditioned means that humidity is regulated to prevent what happened. “When you get a lot of moisture, you get moisture and the mold will grow”, Weigle said.
This was disputed by Bosel. “I have been told unequivocally that these units were climate controlled. I did my due diligence and called no fewer than 20 storage facilities. GVS assured me that they would take care of the books through their climate control system “, she said.
Bosel provided a photograph of the exterior of the units and a sticker he claims “Climate control area. Please keep the door closed. “
As for the insurance policy, Bosel said he was having difficulty finding coverage. “Nobody would have insured them, so I had to use their insurance,” she said.
The books were transferred to GVS from Bosel from his county courthouse space in 2017. This was done to make room for more public access to the tape recorder’s office and to provide a safer home for records since they were released. has digitized.
In the summer of 2019, Weigle stated that Bosel told commissioners that many of the preserved books had mold and needed to be rehabilitated, and said it could cost $ 170,000, but did not present them with any plans to address the problem. When no plans were ever made, Weigle agreed to meet Bosel at GVS and found some of the moldy books sitting on the floor. Weigle took mold samples for testing and came back positive for two of the most dangerous types of mold.
After seeking advice from the county health department, she contacted the forward-looking management to clean the books and keep them in boxes for the return trip to Lisbon. Weigle was originally listed at $ 9,000 but many of the old cloth-bound books were in a worse shape than initially expected and required more thorough cleaning.
Bosel continued to contest the representation of Weigle’s events.
“Mr. Weigle’s relationship with the truth is at best weak. My opinion is that he is a pathological liar, using my personal tragedy to make himself look like a hero in an election year. I find him pathetic and he talks about volumes of the his character “ she said.
Bosel is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the Mahoning County Municipal Court in Canfield for the August 2019 road accident that resulted in the death of 69-year-old Cecil Chamberlain. She pleaded not guilty and her preliminary hearing was postponed to April 17 due to the coronavirus.
When asked to comment on Bosel’s criticisms of Bosel, Weigle said: “I’m sorry for her.”
As for accepting the project to make himself look good while he is awaiting re-election this year, Weigle stressed that he is running without opposition.
Bosel reiterated that she “Begged” commissioners for help, which leads to the question of responsibility. Bosel said the commissioners are, but Weigle said earlier that the tape recorder was concerned with the condition of the books and that the commissioners are responsible for keeping records. Hoppel previously said that the decision to transfer all documents from the court to GVS was made by Bosel and without their approval.
Bosel said he had scheduled a meeting with GVS when Weigle intervened in the situation. Instead of helping, “He was trying to sabotage me once again” she said.
“I wasn’t trying to sabotage her. I was trying to save the books” after Bosel made no effort to do it alone, she said.
In related news, Weigle said he faced odor problems blamed for the books kept in the basement of the electoral committee, which reportedly affected some employees. He said the problem occurred during the period when the 2000 books were about to be moved to the basement. The books, stored on the shelves, are now kept under a sealed plastic curtain and with a dehumidifier and air purifier, and Weigle said it solved the problem.
The director of the electoral committee Kim Fusco said that the smell was similar to mold and it is noticeable. “We have a couple of employees with allergies and they started coughing and sneezing,” he said, adding that the smell is gone.
“They promised that they would take care of it and they have” she said.
Weigle believes that the smell came from older books bound in canvas, many of which date back to the 1800s. Although there is no physical evidence of mold, it can cut a piece of cloth and send it away for testing “For security reasons”.
Weigle also reported receiving an invoice in February for $ 625 from GVS indicating the rent for the storage units and the insurance was three months late. The figure included late fees and other related expenses. He also claimed that GVS installed its lock on the units and was preparing to auction the contents unless the bill had been paid.
Weigle said he went to the tape recorder’s office and Bosel wasn’t there, but the staff found a payment check that Bosel had written to GVS sitting on his desk. He was told that Bosel would hold back the payment until the dispute was resolved. The check has been sent and they are now up to date on payments.