Sunday, July 29, 2001

Historic Maui building
gets health checkup

Associated Press

WAILUKU -- A state health official hopes to issue a report this week after an inspection of the historic building housing the Maui prosecutor's office.

Employees in the building have complained that a noxious smell may be causing respiratory ailments and headaches.

County information officer Karlynn Kawahara said an environmental health specialist for the Department of Health conducted a site inspection of the building and its air conditioning system.

The inspector's report should have recommendations for fixing any problems found, Kawahara said.

Wayne Steel, administrative officer in the prosecutor's office, said no workers' compensation claims or lost work time have resulted from the problem, other than a few hours in mid-June when the building was briefly evacuated.

The building was built in 1907 as the Wailuku Courthouse.

This is the second historic county building where problems with air quality have been reported by employees. The Kalana Pakui county annex on the other side of the County Building has been closed since March 2 to allow mold and mildew to bee cleaned out of the air conditioning system and the building's ceiling.

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