Mount Vernon Public Library closed due to asbestos fears

The Mount Vernon Public Library has been closed indefinitely because of health fears.

The 33 employees of the library have been laid off until the ongoing problems at the library are resolved. The library has closed several times over the past year due to a leaky roof and asbestos concerns.

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis says the city has paid $3 million to have the roof and masonry repaired. Davis says an air sample of the library was tested and deemed safe. He says certain officials are not satisfied and still wants further testing done before the library can reopen.

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