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(Neb.)-New Courthouse Elevator Dedicated Wednesday

By: Dennis and Kathi Brown Posted at: 05/20/2009 03:55 PM

KCSR's Kathi Brown, member of the Dawes County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group cuts the ribbon officially opening the new elevator at the Dawes County Courthouse.

The new elevator at the Dawes County Courthouse was dedicated Wednesday afternoon.

A group including the Dawes County Commissioners, members of the local multiple sclerosis support group and other Dawes County residents joined in for the ribbon cutting, that according to Commissoner Don Blausey has been years in the making.  Blausey said the previous commissioners started the ball rolling about three years ago when they started the update on the air conditioning and heating system at the Courthouse.  Blausey said one of the things they feel best about is how the elevator is being paid for.  The commissioners were able to carry over a couple of hundred thousand dollars from previous budgets and eventully pay for the new elevator without raising taxes. The cost of the elevator was originally over one million dollars, but with some modifications the project will come in at around six hundred thousand and change.The general contractor on the project was Fuller Construction of Chadron and Roland Sayer was the Supervisor.

Commissioner Roger Wess, says that the courthouse is the people’s building and there are more items on the agenda for keeping it up including replacing the roof which will be paid for with insurance money and replacing the original windows. After the dedication several of those at the dedication got a ride on the new elevator, that will be available to all levels of the courthouse, but the jail will only be accessible with permission from the sheriff’s office.

(Questions, comments about this story? Email dennis@chadrad.com)



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