Boyle Fiscal Court commits to repairing or replacing courthouse elevator

Published 9:54 am Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Boyle County Fiscal Court has entered into an agreement for monthly elevator maintenance that also requires the courthouse elevator to be repaired or replaced during 2017.

Magistrates approved Tuesday an agreement with Otis Elevator that includes a monthly price of $392.50 for maintenance of the elevator in the Boyle County Courthouse. The agreement also sets in motion the drafting of a proposal for further work to be done on the elevator. The details and cost of that proposal are not yet known.

County Engineer Duane Campbell said Otis is preparing the proposal and he would review it in February.

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The agreement calls for repairing or replacing the elevator this calendar year; Campbell said the goal is to budget for that to occur in the next fiscal year, which starts in July.

If Otis updates the elevator with “Otis Microprocessor Controls,” the monthly cost comes down to $200, according to the agreement.

Campbell has said previously that the motor was last replaced in the elevator six years ago. Judge-Executive Harold McKinney said previously while elevator repairs or a replacement can be very expensive, the elevator should be in good enough shape to last 20 years after the work is completed.

Otis has previously estimated repair work on the elevator would take three weeks. Officials said they hope the repairs could be done on weekends or evenings to avoid affecting court sessions during the day.

The proposal for repairs or replacement will be reviewed by magistrates, who must approve it before any of the work could be done.