PARKERSBURG -It's been more than a month since state officials said the temporary Division of Motor Vehicles office in Parkersburg would undergo air quality tests after some employees raised concerns. But DMV spokesman Natalie Harvey said despite requests from the state to the vendor, officials are not sure if those tests have been done.
Last month Pete Lake, director of the DMV's regional offices and call center services, said air quality tests would be performed at the DMV's National College site within 7-10 days. The issue was raised after some employees, reportedly suffering from illness and respiratory issues, raised concerns about possible mold.
Harvey said DMV Commissioner Joe Miller and the state's real estate's office, which handles leased property, both requested tests be performed.
"It is out of our hands now," Harvey said. "Leasing has been following up with it. ... We are unsure where that stands. The vendor has been notified the state wants air quality test done."
The old DMV office on Dudley Avenue was abruptly closed a year ago because of problems with the building. Lake acknowledged mold was one of the problems. State officials scrambled to find replacement quarters for the offices, utilizing space in two different areas before leasing space in the Park Shopping Center, adjacent to National College.
A few weeks ago the DMV announced its plans to build a permanent site on Lubeck Avenue, near the future site of the regional offices. Harvey said construction bids for the 9,000-square-foot building should be awarded this month and the facility should be open by late summer.
"The new office that is being built will be brand new and have facilities for the public," Harvey said.
The National College DMV office also has no public restroom. Harvey noted with the site being temporary, the lack of facilities was also only a temporary problem.
"Obviously, it is not up to our normal specifications," she said.
She noted officials were scrambling quickly to find a temporary site.