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Failed elevator sparks more issues at Grady County Courthouse

Posted at 6:47 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 18:47:46-05

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. — Getting around the Grady County Courthouse could be a creative exercise for the next several weeks.

The elevator is down, but the court is finding ways to accommodate people with disabilities.

The elevator failed last week with three people inside. They all got out safely.

Now the main focus for county leaders is accommodating those with disabilities who need to get to court.

Court is generally held on the second floor. But without the elevator, the only option is the stairs and that doesn't work for people who use wheelchairs to get around.

For now, court administrators are using a room on the first floor when necessary, but the county administrator says they can't project the time it will take to fix it.

"It could be a very expensive, long repair process or it could be a very simple process," said Buddy Johnson, Grady County administrator. We'll know next week, hopefully around Monday or Tuesday, and we'll cross our fingers it will be a very simple fix process."

The courthouse has received two bids from companies to fix the elevator.

Johnson says if this turns out to be a major problem, the elevator might not be up and running again for about two months.

Until then, he's assuring people the courthouse is more than capable of serving anyone with disabilities.