DANVILLE — The village of Danville canceled its council meeting Monday due to the possible contamination of the council room in the municipal building.
The room is also used by the Danville Police Department and was closed to all persons after Lt. Mark Perkins had a reaction to a spill of possible drugs while in the room last week.
“He was inspecting potential evidence and there was a substance spill. Whether it was a narcotic or not, we don’t know, but Mark had a reaction to it. We’re waiting on the toxicology to come back on Mark to see what happened and be able to identify what it was,” said Danville Mayor Bob Dile. “The library uses that room, council uses it, the maintenance guys use it, so we closed off the room. We decided not to have council tonight (Monday) because of the risk of exposure, even though I’m not sure there is one.”
After the reaction, Perkins was tested at Knox Community Hospital, but the test came back negative. Danville Police Chief Dan Weckesser said the test was for exposure to possible narcotics.
Weckesser said Perkins was sorting through evidence when he came into contact with a powder substance. The substance was loosely wrapped, Weckesser said.
The substance “went all over the floor and all over” Perkins, Weckesser said.
It has yet to be determined what the substance is. Weckesser said the police department no longer field tests suspected drugs, due to exposure dangers. Drugs are sent out to area labs for testing, Weckesser said.
The evidence Perkins was sorting through is part of an ongoing investigation, Weckesser said.
Dile said the room has been closed since the time of Perkins’ exposure, but there are no concerns about other areas of the municipal building being contaminated.
“We did not close the building because the spill was localized and nothing got in the ventilation system. It was a very small spill,” Dile said. “I feel confident that, whatever it was, is contained and very localized. This is a delicate situation. We want to ensure the public’s safety and that we do what we need to do.”
Weckesser said a company specializing in contaminant clean-up will be at the offices today. The cost of the clean-up is not known, but Weckesser said he expects it to be expensive.
News Staff Reporter Nick Sabo contributed to this story.