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Courthouse elevator a priority
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Replacement of the elevator at Warren County Courthouse was selected as a top priority.

“The Building and Grounds Committee approved elevator replacement two weeks ago,” said Commissioner Carl E. Bouldin during a recent joint meeting between Building and Grounds Committee and Budget and Finance Committee members. “That’s one thing that’s got to be done.”

A joint meeting was arranged to consider capital improvement needs within county departments that could be paid for using a portion of $1 million in grant money allocated to Warren County government by Gov. Bill Lee.

Under consideration is to “piggyback” on a municipal bid with KONE to replace the county’s elevator. The city of McMinnville also used that existing contract to replace the elevator at City Hall. 

Commissioner Scott Rubley questioned that process.

“Executive Haley has been in talks with them (KONE),” said Finance Department director Justin Cotten.  “The city used a nationwide bid. I think we’ve done that on occasion if they are a member of our approved cooperative purchasing groups. We can do that and get the process started a little sooner and most likely get a way better price than we could have just bidding it on our own.” 

Estimated cost for replacement given during this meeting was $160,000.

Joint committee members – Commissioners Rubley, Bouldin, Robert Hennessee, Tommy Savage, Christy Ross, Randy England, Cole Taylor and Steve Glenn – unanimously voted to approve elevator replacement. The measure will be sent to the full Warren County Commission for consideration.