The Pulaski County Commissioners have approved a budget transfer to try to keep the courthouse elevator replacement project on track. They agreed Monday to use nearly $28,000 out of their budget to cover a construction bill, until the county council can finalize an additional appropriation.
County Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Johnston has expressed frustration that council members didn’t get the funding in line before work began. While the county has money available, it takes a while for the council to grant permission to spend it. Johnston told council members last week that the contractor has threatened to pull out of the project, if the county can’t pay its bills on time.
The elevator replacement is part of the county’s response to a class action lawsuit alleging a lack of ADA compliance in the county’s government buildings.