Courthouse elevators out of service temporarily
The beginning stage of work installing new elevators at the Wichita County Courthouse was off to a bumpy start, but problems should be smoothed out later this week.
Wichita County Commissioner Mark Beauchamp, who manages construction projects for the county, said there was an electrical issue Friday while demolition crews attempted to cut power to the south elevator.
The issue caused power to be cut to both elevators and they were inoperable for most of the day Friday.
“With a 100-plus-year-old building, you’re going to experience things like this,” he said.
Beauchamp said for Monday, they had already planned to have the elevators out of service to complete some work.
A local electrician is coming Monday to fix the problem and Beauchamp said at least one elevator should be working by later that week.
The county has undergone a whirlwind of construction projects in recent years including the completion of the new Law Enforcement Center, renovations at the Courthouse Annex and projects in the courthouse itself.
The courthouse annex renovation and courthouse elevators were a priority in this latest budget cycle.
Other work includes moving the district clerk’s offices to the first floor and renovation and technology upgrades for several of the courtrooms.
While the main elevators are out of service, if someone needs an elevator at the courthouse there is one near the old jail that can be used.
Beauchamp said when someone arrives at the courthouse, they can ask to use the alternative elevator, or they can call ahead to make arrangement by calling the main County Courthouse line at 930-766-8100 and ask for security.
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