Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Somehow I missed this comment!!!

Earlier, I reported where you can renew your driver's licenses in Leoti. I don't know why I didn't see this comment!!! It is important that I pass that comment on to you!

The Wichita County Courthouse has adapted to Federal and State handicapped ordinances. To add an elevator would be very expensive and may actually be impossible to build. They've done the next best thing which is to add a chair that will move people from one floor to the next. To enter from the east side and north side, people have to climb stairs. But, there is a handicapped accessible ramp entrance on the south side of the building. There are also two handicapped parking places there. It is open all day during business hours. Once in the basement, employees will help you to sit on the moving chair and will operate the controls to get you from the basement to whatever floor you need to be. The chair is very safe and moves along at a reasonable amount of speed--it does not move too quickly. But, as the commenter said, there have been times when the chair locks up somewhere between the floors. When that happens, the rider cannot just step off of it. To do so would be very dangerous as you would have to step down a couple of feet to reach the stairs. Of course, the courthouse employees drop whatever they are doing to help get the chair, etc to moving again!

That has happened to me before. The chair broke down a few minutes before lunchtime. Three of the employees spent their entire hour-long lunch period fixing the chairlift. For the most part, it works well. Just be prepared for the few times that it does not work. LOL!!!


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