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New courthouse elevator could cost more than $650,000

March 02, 2006|by TARA REILLY

An elevator that will be used to transport inmates in the Washington County Courthouse could cost more than $650,000, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said.

Rohrer said he hopes to keep the price to about $540,000.

The elevator is part of a courthouse renovation project that includes building another courtroom for a fifth Circuit Court judge, more inmate holding cells and asbestos removal.

Most of the renovations are expected to be completed in June. The elevator is scheduled for completion in December 2007, Rohrer told the County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The county's proposed Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2007-2012 lists the total project cost at $5.9 million.

The elevator will be used to keep prisoners out of courthouse hallways and away from employees and the public. The county added the elevator to courthouse renovation plans last year, mainly because of safety concerns after a deadly shooting in an Atlanta courthouse.

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Of the elevator's total cost, $250,000 will paid for with state funding secured by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III.

The renovation project also includes an access ramp with a snow melt system, which will be used in moving prisoners from vans to new basement holding cells.

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