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Elevator should be working soon

LynAnne Vucovich • Nov 6, 2019 at 9:00 PM

Huron County commissioners provided a timeline of the courthouse elevator’s service and working condition since it’s inability to function.

The elevator has been out of service for 13 1/2 months. A story appeared in Tuesday’s issue.

In August 2018, the elevator passed inspection. However, it began to work on and off in the following month.

On Sept. 20, 2018, the elevator was taken out of service after attempts to repair the problem, but it would not remain operational. Following this, the commissioners acquired multiple estimates from a handful of providers.

On Oct. 9, 2018, Bradley Figgins from the Schindler Elevator Corp. came to the courthouse to elevate the elevator and to provide a cost for modernizing the machinery. He provided his cost, not including work by others to modernize, on Oct. 15 at $95,099.

Commissioner Skip Wilde, Peter Welch, director of county operations, and Vickie Ziemba, administrator-clerk in the commissioners’ office, met with Figgins, from Schindler, on Dec. 12, 2018, to discuss the details of the modernization. Once the contract was signed, Schindler would order the parts and have them in the spring to begin the project. The original schedule indicated the project would be completed by mid-summer.

Schindler Elevator provided a proposal Dec. 14 for the complete “full” modernization, which included the work done by others. The cost was $181,349.

The Schindler contract was reviewed by the commissions and prosecutor’s office and was discussed by the commissioners with Randy Strickler, an assistant prosecutor who offers legal counsel for the commissioners. The board understood the project would be completed by July 31.

The contract was agreed upon by Huron County and Schindler Elevator on Jan. 17. Schindler began to execute the agreement March 11, 2019. The elevator company completed final measurements for engineering and material ordering March 28.

County personnel met with Schindler and contractors for a preconstruction meeting July 1. Schindler’s contractors began work after the 4th of July, while materials were delivered. Schindler began to work on the elevator on July 22.

As of Tuesday, Schindler Elevator submitted to the state for an inspection request for Nov. 12. If the state approves the inspection date, Schindler will install the toe guard, firekeepers and conduct final testing prior to the inspection.

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