Nearly $6,000 in repairs set to begin on broken escalator

Escalator at the Government Services Center broke down 7 weeks ago

What goes up must come down? Well, except for the escalator at the Butler County Government Services Center on High Street.

The down flight was shutdown for repairs on June 8 and more than a month later is still not functioning. Officials are hopeful to have it working this week. The problem is a lack of parts available to fix the escalator, which is an original part of the building at 315 High Street that opened in 1999.

Precision Escalator in Florida had to make a part to complete the repair, which took some time, said Randy Quisenberry, county asset and purchasing director. The cost is about $5,900.

The escalator, a focal point of the lobby, leads to the offices of both the city of Hamilton and Butler County. It carries thousands from the first floor to the second floor where both Hamilton Municipal Court and the county court wing are located.

A bank of elevators are available several yards away from the center of the lobby, and a stairwell also goes all the way to the county wing’s 11th floor.

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Quisenberry said ThyssenKrupp, which services all of the county’s elevators and its one escalator, is scheduled to begin repairs on Wednesday.

Through the years, the escalator has been stopped for preventative maintenance and routine repairs, but seven weeks is the longest workers in the building can remember it being down.

Evaluation of the viability of the well-used escalator may be in future facilities discussions, according to Quisenberry.

“It is something certainly we have to look into,” he said, noting the county doesn’t want to spend thousands for repairs only to have the escalator inoperable again in 6 months.

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