Jail elevator at top of supervisors’ list

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, December 4, 2007

NATCHEZ — A malfunctioning elevator at the Adams County jail will likely prove to be a costly project to repair.

At yesterday’s meeting of the Adams County Board of Supervisors a plan of action for elevator repair was discussed.

County purchase clerk Rosa Wilson said the elevator needs to be fixed quickly.

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Wilson said the elevator stalls between floors and often passes the next floor by up to six inches before coming to a stop.

Board members gave Wilson the go ahead to hire an elevator inspector to determine if the elevator needs to be replaced or repaired. But no matter the solution it will be costly.

The consultant from Elevator Technical Services in Alexandria has a fee of $125 per hour and charges .48 cents per mile. The inspector will evaluate the elevator.

Wilson said based on her preliminary research a new elevator system would cost over $100,000. Wilson did not have figures for elevator repair.

Board members also approved the purchase of a new pothole-patching machine.

The new machine will cost $50,750 and should be delivered in about two weeks.

County road manager Clarence “Curly” Jones said the new machine will be an asset to Adams.

Jones said while the county already one pothole-patcher, a second will allow road crews to cover twice as much ground.

“With one truck it’s hard to keep up,” he said.