March 01, 2015

Cleaning Woman: Aliquippa City Building Is Nasty And Unhealthy

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A woman who has been cleaning the Aliquippa City Building has quit, saying the facility is now too unhealthy and unsafe to work in.

Mary Barcheski of Center Township is the proprietor of Magnum Cleaning Services, which has been cleaning the Aliquippa City Building for the past decade.

“I get paid $30 per night 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,” Barcheski told the Beaver Countian. “I do over and beyond what I get paid for, and that’s how I work. I am good at what I do and I take pride in what I do.”

Barcheski said the problems in the Aliquippa City Building started two years ago, when the facility was struck by a flood that affected the entire downtown. “When it got hit by that flood I said listen, I am not hazmat, I can’t go in and deal with that. It needs to be sanitized or there’s going to be mold down there. They said we’re not worried about that, no one goes downstairs anyway.”

Mary Barcheski said her warnings were ignored, and her predictions are now coming true.

“Well guess what? That was two years ago and now it’s nasty,” said Barcheski. “The mold is everywhere, it’s coming up from downstairs, it’s coming through the plaster, the place is polluted with it […] The wall is so bowed in places that one day it’s all going to end up on the ground. The plaster is breaking up and falling. I sweep it and sweep it and sweep it, and it just keeps coming down and coming down and coming down.”

The 54 year old Barcheski says the problems with the building are more than she can handle. “I’m suppose to be dusting not doing construction work. My job is to sweep and mop the floors, clean the bathroom, those sorts of things. That’s my job, I mean, what more do you want done for $30? I thought I was giving them a really good deal.”

The woman claims the building’s condition continues to deteriorate due to a lack of necessary repairs and maintenance.

“Now there is new water damage everywhere because the roof is still leaking,” said Barcheski. “I clean it up and it gets all nasty again from the leaks. I can’t take care of that. I can’t fix roofs. Things are getting super wet, the tile keeps getting black and stained and moldy — I have no idea what’s behind there that I can’t see. I can’t clean behind plaster.”

Barcheski said City Officials put large white panels on top of the walls in places to hide some of the mold, but the dark stains have begun to work their way through those as well.

Along with a leaking roof, crumbling plaster, and the mold problem, Barcheski said the Aliquippa City Building is also infested with rodents. “I go there one day and the alarm was going off and I didn’t know what was going on. The cops finally came by after a while and then left. It was the mice letting off the alarm. The mice! I don’t know where they’re all running to but they’re up in the walls, they go up behind the heating registers […] I have to keep sweeping up piles of droppings. There’s always piles of droppings places. They only have me going there three days a week not every day, so I keep up with it the best that I can. They were told about it but there’s not been any exterminator or any traps, I’m still seeing the mice and their piles. I still see the remnants of the mice all over the place.”

Barcheski alleges the City is now taking their troubles with the building out on her.

“After I complained about all of the problems with the building they sent me a letter saying I wasn’t doing my job,” said Barcheski. “Are you kidding me? They had the nerve to tell me I wasn’t doing my job? I wrote them a letter back documenting all of their problems and telling them that I quit […] It’s somewhere that I am glad I am out of, they can keep their $30, seriously.”

Mary Barcheski provided the Beaver Countian with photographs which appear to substantiate many of her claims, and says she has contacted the EPA about the issues. “I work in a lot of other places, I’ve been cleaning the Monaca Borough Building for the past 24 years and will stay with places like that. I’ve never had to deal with anything like this before.”

Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker did not respond to requests for comment from the Beaver Countian.

 

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36 Comments

  1. Rob Shoff

    first thing first the mold should be tested. ASAP

    Maybe the state will donate even more money to a city that files bankruptcy every year yet they have the only paid fire dept in county

     
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  2. Mike Fisher

    i gave you an exclusive on local shops selling synthetic drugs, you drop the ball never report it and this is what you care about. i gave you a drug ring you print dirty buildings in aliquippa. this just in big fish in small pond survives entirely on own excrament.

     
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  3. Jodie Mae Byrd

    Cleaning people are paid to dust, sweep, mop, clean bathrooms, and empty garbage cans. They are not paid to handle that kind of cleaning. You can bleach the walls all you want but it will keep coming through if you do not take care of the issue. In the one picture you can see the wall is coming down. It’s not just the council and employees whose health is at risk here. This is a public building. They need a contractor. Their building is a testament to how they care for the city.

     
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  4. Amy Sarah Lindstrom

    Not necessarily Jake. Moisture (flood) + low ventilation = mold. And mold is not something that should be taken care of by someone who does basic housekeeping services three times a week.

     
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  5. lol

    Hey I’ve hired her before off of referral from someone in monaca,

    She runs legit business and is a worker full tilt, she stripped a floor when I said just clean she said it was easier to get it right then clean didn’t bill me was happy to have contact.

    Hard worker good lady has done municipal work for years. For her to complain it had to be bad.

    The health board and state health board may have to condemn if black mold exist for get it that building is done.

    And let the workers line up for lawsuits

     
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  6. lol

    Photo#9 is black mold

    Who wants to bet see ya, it’s a wrap call Bowers in ambridge you got skin irritation, hard time breathing, inflamed bronchials
    Get the idea.
    If structure is unsafe that’s another avenue but hell, rat shit, black mold

    It’s quip move to temporary trailer and rent the building six apartments section 8 @,750 a month shhhhhh just dint say a word

     
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  7. Jack

    If it was nice, it wouldn’t belong in Aliquippa! She is legit and a hard worker, so I’ll take her statements as whole truth. Anyone ever consider flooding Aliquippa and make “downtown” a man-made lake? I think it would be a hit! Plan 12 and 11 would make nice water front property with cabins, boat docks, etc

     
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  8. Jodie Mae Byrd

    Actually if the cleaning people had tried to get the surface mold they would be making it worse. That mold is in the walls under the plaster, baseboards, and insulation, and up in the ceiling. When you move those spores around you make it more probable that someone in the building will get sick. The mold is all on the inside and spreads to the outside. The wall that is collapsing is bowing from the gases on the inside from the mold. Plus in the article it says they had a flood that was never properly cleaned up from. Not the cleaning companys job that does day to day dusting moping and sweeping. The flood from downtown contained sewage water. Everything that went under water was contaminated. Aliquippa is not above the law! Ive been complaining about a home on my road there for years. Its covered in mold the steps are broken the grass goes to the roof and there was a cat stuck in there once. Now I know why the code encorcer overlooked it. Hes acustomed to moldy rodent infested buildings. Didnt Sam Gill administrate the head start at one time in Aliquippa? Didnt they shut that building down too for mold? Guess someone needs to look into exactly what Mr. Gill does when he isnt letting our buildings and city go to hell or when hes not getting hammered in Paris Grill.

     
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  9. Nikki

    My concern would be, if there is mold and water leaking into the building, how can they keep the integrity of the files, paperwork, and electronics, let alone the evidence being stored there??

     
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  10. hopewell02

    Those are rats not mice, look at the 2 houses right behind the city building, they are full of rats, un occupied and ready to fall over, along with about 200 properties in that dump, do everyone a favor and  call the feds in and have them clean that place up !

     
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  11. sd1120

    Big mouth Walker always has comments when it come to unimportant stuff.  This phony has been self-promoting himself for several years.  He’ll tell anyone within earshot (or anyone with a mike or camera) how great he is and how much he’s doing for the Quip.  The place was a dumb before he took office and nothing has improved.  I say level the entire ghetto and plant corn.  

     
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  12. flo

    Is there not a code enforcement officer??  C’mon this is a very serious health hazard.  She’s right to call it a day.   Her health is being jeopardized every time she enters that building…along with anyone else who goes in there. What is Aliquippa waiting for…lawsuits from sick employees??  Maybe it would be best if you just poured gasoline on downtown and dropped a match….I hate to say that really, but it’s beyond repair.

     
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  13. flo

     This is a serious health hazard. Everyday she goes to clean she is jeopardizing her own health and safety.  Where is the code enforcement officer??  NO ONE should be entering that building and it should be closed immediately!!  What is Aliquippa waiting for???  Lawsuits from sick employees??  What a disgrace!!

     
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  14. Jack

    Joe, Aliquippa is hands down the worse. That’s why. Hundreds of vacant buildings, crappy roads and maintenance, less than stellar population(white and black), zero tax base, no development and it’s been under distressed city forever. City management has always been corrupt and some of it’s employees wouldn’t be hired anywhere else

     
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    It would be more truthful to take the words “City Building” out of the headline.
    But really, JP, I hope you are working on a hard hitting story and are only posting this one because it was easy.
    It has the potential to be bigger, though….
    Someone could contact OSHA to report an unhealthy work environment. They could demand an industrial hygiene test.

     
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    1. Nikki

      Wouldn’t that open up the city of Aliquippa to various lawsuits, for having to work in a structurally unsafe building? And seeing as the Quip government KNEW about the issues, and did nothing, that is negligence at the least, is it not?

       
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  16. hopewell02

    I bet all the illegal speakeasys are cleaner than the city building, i wonder who runs and owns them all ? Just saying blood is thicker than water lol quip will always be corrupt !

     
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  17. Nobama

    BURN IT DOWN! Just like the rest of the town that the blacks dominate! ANIMALS!!!! They have FUCK UP every thing they ever touched in that ghetto. THAT is why people refer to that ghetto as ALIGHETTO!!!!! ANIMALS!!!!  Yea, I know, most people will call me a racist, not a REALIST! 

     
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    1. ahudontnoshit

      SILENCE Nobama SILENCE!!!  You sir are an A-hole.  A lot of Whites live there in Aliquippa also (7,344 whites to 4,168 blacks.)  Therefore you are incorrect with your ranting racist posting.  If anyone is an animal, it is you – you’re a jackass!!!  YOUR WELCOME!!!

       
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  18. No Mo Money

    Please the police station is just as dirty, actually filthy. And nothing is done. Ralph the Rat GOA, Antiny GOA, Stoner the boner gone. The Chief Thief is in charge now, quads, basketball tickets, dui coverups, B. Marschonda, V. Patrick, J Bauder, the team doctor, all covered up. And how about everyone with their take home vehicles. Lets see, Couch take home car 10 miles round trip. Robert take home car 6 mile round trip, Poodick about 20 miles round trip. Edgall 2 mile round trip, and the first 3 do not live in town, at least Edgall lives in town. k-9 long trip from Center Twp. Ralph, used a city car to go to school every weekend in Pittsburgh, meanwhile no raises for his men, but when you get gallons and gallons of gas at the taxpayers expeince, You do what ever you want, Anthony will not say anything. And do not forget about the A=team who get to get paid 7-3 wages, and also gets to put in court time while they are working a daylight shift. And a Chief that used k-9 funds to buy team everyone coats. Looking like Nate Harper shit going on there…Come on Dwan get a big stick and clean house, starting at the top, he wanted to give you the business when money was paid out for the missing gun ,,Oh my,, he wanted another officer to call the news

     
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  19. shay

    the parks are just as bad they are a death waiting to happen specially plan 6 that park is really bad. covered in black widows steel stakes sticking out trash everywhere old and broken equipment missing fences rust as much money that quip charges for school taxes and the city taxes they should be able to do improvements even if it is little ones. side walks or something. the only reason why quip looks ghetto is cause every time a homeowner fixes something outside  or repaints their house their taxes goes up massively so why would they repair anything the houses are not worth fixing if you have to rob a bank just to pay the taxes for the year.    

     
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  20. gilbertoe

    Why, all of a sudden this cleaning lady quit cleaning this “unhealthy” place after 10 years? She should have been gone…..

     
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  21. the quippian

    Most of you people that like to bad mouth aliquippa are probably from nice neighborhoods in center and hopewell. A large majority of your families were from aliquippa. Just because you moved up the road doesnt make you better. It makes you a political refugee….in other words a pussy that was afraid to fight for something right.

     
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