Lincoln Co. office building closed after asbestos, lead paint concerns arise

by: Alan Cavanna Updated:

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LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - Fears of asbestos and lead paint forced Lincoln County to close one of its buildings.

Officials locked the public works building on South Church Street last week after testing paint samples.

Inside, paint can be seen hanging from the wall, as well as paint chips on the floor.

Employees said they are working out of a storage building that has no bathroom or power.

The finding now has residents wondering about the condition of other county buildings.

"They should've checked it a long time ago in my opinion," resident Cathy Tolliver said.

County Manager George Wood has not returned calls for comment.

In a release, he said a decision will be made about the building once results from the tests come in.