In an emergency meeting on Friday, Clay County Commissioners approved a bid from ORTMAN Drilling and Water Services of Kokomo to drill a new cylinder shaft for the elevator in the Clay County Courthouse.
The hydraulic elevator has been out of service since Jan. 10 for scheduled maintenance.
The work is needed to meet the safety standards of a new Indiana statute requiring all elevators in the state to have double-lined cylinder casings with restrictor plates.
Restrictor plates are designed to safely return an elevator to the bottom floor of a building in the event of a complete hydraulic/cable system failure.
"The courthouse elevator is one of the best maintained in the state," Clay County Auditor Joe Dierdorf said.
Employees from AMCO Elevators Inc., of Indianapolis, were removing the single layer cylinder lining when it was determined that the shaft needed re-drilling to meet operational safety compliance.
"What is aggravating is that we are going to spend funds on something that wasn't ever broken in the first place," Commissioner David Parr said. "We want to ensure that everyone, and especially those with disabilities, can have access to all courthouse facilities."
Work is expected to begin sometime this week, with completion in three to four weeks.