Courthouse elevator condemned, down until end of October

By Chris Swick
September 22, 2015

The immediate need for repairs to the McPherson County Courthouse elevator prompted the McPherson County Commission to change contractors during a special meeting Tuesday morning.

The County had initially contracted with Otis Elevator Company for the repairs, but the elevator broke down on Sept. 10 and has since been declared condemned.

Unfortunately, County Administrator Rick Witte said Otis informed the county Monday that their intended completion date was two months after they received a check for the work.

“Which would put it at two months and one week,” Witte said. “We would get a check to them this week, however, they would not do any ordering or planning or scheduling until after they received their check.”

With the elevator officially out of service, that would cut off people from the upper floors of the courthouse until almost December, as the basement is still accessible by the handicapped ramp.

The County Commission decided Tuesday to rescind the offer to Otis and, instead, award the contract Bosen-Plumb Elevator Solutions out of Wichita, who had passed over due to bidding $5,500 higher than Otis. However, their completion date is projected to be by the end of October, with the anticipation that they can get the work done in about 13 days.

Commissioner Ron Loomis added Bosen did include a discount to their bid price if they finished early.

“Even two days early would be $3,400 and getting to where you're making up the difference,” Loomis said. “To keep the thing down for another month just for a few thousand dollars just doesn't, in my mind, make any sense.”

Total cost for the work from Bosen is $38,594.

Witte says, if you need access to a department while the elevator is down, including court services, to contact that department and they will work with you.