Courthouse needs new elevator

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The Marion County Board of Supervisors is working on a way to pay for the installation of a new elevator inside the courthouse.

State certification for the current elevator will be pulled in May. It is not handicap accessible and parts for it are no longer available.

A new elevator is expected to be installed on the south side of the building. The current location of the elevator will not accommodate a new one. Improvements will include extending the elevator’s range to the basement. The price tag is expected to be over $1 million.

Supervisor Steve McCombs says if it is not replaced, the courthouse will become obsolete. The challenge remains where to place staff while the necessary construction of the elevator is being done.

Details on how the project will move forward is still being “hashed out.”