County records may be threatened by their storage facility

"Some of Washington County's oldest government records are at risk because they're stored in a basement without a sprinkler system or security, where the temperature fluctuates, dust falls, roaches have lived and pipes occasionally have leaked sewage, according to two union officials and an employee who said she became ill while working there."

"Criminal case files, court transcripts and some of Register of Wills Kathleen Flynn Reda's records from the county's beginnings in the 1780s are stored in 10,000 square feet the county leases from East Beau Building Inc. in Washington. Alexandra Minnis, the storage center's sole employee for more than four years, said other documents kept there include registries of doctors and other professionals from the 1780s, tax records from the 1800s, handsome hand-drawn maps and a book with transcriptions of letters that courthouse architect F.J. Osterling sent the commissioners while working on the 103-year-old building." (from The Post-Gazette)

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