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State officials may sue cleaning company for damaging Capitol's marble floors


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin officials say they might sue a cleaning company that’s blamed for damaging some of the marble floors in the State Capitol.

The administration department said Peterson Cleaning of Rockford Illinois stained about 100 marble stones before the work was halted last August.

Facilities’ management official Paula Veltum said the stones had milky white marks – and they indicated that one of Peterson’s cleaning machines had leaked battery acid.

State workers began cleaning up the marble last week. Officials say it could take a couple of months to restore, at an extra cost to taxpayers of $16,000.

Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says it’s considering legal action to make Peterson pay to repair the damages. She said the agency is also reviewing the original cleaning contract to challenge some invoices that remain outstanding.

Tracy Fraser of Peterson Cleaning said her firm has not had any recent contacts with the state – and she’s not commenting on the possible lawsuit.