Elevator in county building out of commission indefinitely

August 17, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Those needing to do business in the County Administration Building on 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown must continue climbing stairs.

Work that began in the last week of June on the only passenger elevator in the building will continue indefinitely, said Robert Graff, deputy director of buildings, parks and grounds.

A freight elevator in the same building was replaced in May, Graff said.

The elevators were installed prior to 1971 and condemned by the state, Graff said. Similar elevators have been condemned nationwide, he said.

Right now, the holdup is removing casing in the elevator shaft, which reaches 45 feet underground, Graff said.

Replacement casing has been ordered, but Graff said he could not set a timeline for how long it will take to remove the old casing.


County Commissioners meetings are scheduled to be held in alternate locations.

People who cannot climb the stairs, but need to contact departments on the second and third floors of the building can request alternative locations to meet.

The offices for the County Commissioners, county administrator, county attorney, county clerk, public works, human resources, budget and finance, purchasing department and information technologies are affected.

Commissioner John C. Munson said the disruption is very inconvenient for everyone, but county services have not been disrupted.

"Everyone's needs are definitely being met," he said.

Alternative location for Washington County Commissioners meetings:

· The Tuesday, Aug. 22, meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room of Hagerstown Regional Airport on Showalter Road.

· The Tuesday, Aug. 29, meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Water Quality Building on Elliott Parkway.

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