Fiscal court may repair or replace courthouse elevator

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Boyle County Fiscal Court is reviewing a proposal to repair or replace the courthouse elevator.

A representative from Otis Elevator was at the courthouse last week to look at the current elevator. According to Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney, Otis Elevator said the elevator was in better shape than they thought it was, but McKinney said whenever repairs are being done to an elevator, it can be very expensive. 

At this time, the fiscal court has not received any quotes on how much either the repairs or a replacement would cost. 

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McKinney said if the elevator has to be repaired, Otis has estimated it could take three weeks.

But instead of working on the elevator for three weeks, which would interfere with court dates, McKinney said he would like the work to be done during two three-day weekends. 

County Engineer Dwayne Campbell said the motor was replaced in the elevator about six years ago. 

After repairs to the current elevator or installation of a replacement, the elevator would be in good shape to last 20 years, McKinney said. 

Magistrates will be able to review the proposal from Otis. Any repairs or replacement would have to approved by the magistrates first.

McKinney said the court should not wait until the elevator breaks down to make repairs.

“… If (Otis Elevator) has recommendations, I think we can go ahead and do that right then,” McKinney said.