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  • County talks plans for elevator

  • Crawford County commissioners are seeing the costs for a potential new elevator go down, while the frustration continues to rise for an elevator that is well past its prime.

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  • Crawford County commissioners are seeing the costs for a potential new elevator go down, while the frustration continues to rise for an elevator that is well past its prime.
    For years, commissioners and officials alike have said that the elevator at the Crawford County Courthouse needs to be repaired. It’s outdated and parts are hard to find, if not unavailable.
    “I know we need it,” said Commissioner Carl Wood at Tuesday’s meeting.
    “Bad,” commented Tom Ragonese, county project manager.
    The county has applied for the last two years for major grants to replace the elevator, which is not ADA-compliant. However, two years of attempts have borne no fruit. That’s left commissioners investigating the cost and deciding that waiting won’t get the project done.
    An early plan for a new elevator called for roughly $330,000 in costs to put in a glass elevator with front and back doors. However, Ragonese and commissioners agreed that perhaps that much wasn’t needed. The glass and the back door of the elevator were discarded in plans, dropping the estimated price to $250,000 or so, plus $15,000 in design costs.
    “I wouldn’t be surprised if we need a little bit higher than that. We took the glass out, and we took the little walkway out....To me, it looks real nice. It looks very similar to the construction of the courthouse. It looks like fake columns on all four corners. Each floor has decorative corinths, similar to what we have in the hallway,” Ragonese told the commissioners.
    Commissioners said that if and when the project moves to bid, the funds will come out of the general fund’s miscellaneous expenditures unless and until the county can get a lease-purchase deal in place.
    The project will leave operations in the courthouse disrupted for a period of time. Ragonese estimated three to four months of construction and work being done at the courthouse.
    “Once we have a good idea of when the bids come in, we probably need to have a series of meetings, two or three, with every office. It will affect everyone. There will be days it tests people and what they are going to do and how they’re going to do it. If people can’t get upstairs, they’ll have to go down to the first floor to help however they can,” Ragonese said. “The district court is probably going to have to move to Pittsburg as much as they can.”
    In other action, the county commission discussed bid specifications on a tractor and mower. Commissioner Carl Wood wanted to spell out exactly which model years were acceptable and also spell out in the bid specifications who is responsible in case of repairs.
     

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