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Photo by Jim Plummer

The Garza County Commissioners' Court members prepare to ride the new elevator at the courthouse. Pictured, l-r: Judge Lee Norman and Commissioners Jerry Benham, Charles Morris, Gary McDaniel and Ted Brannon.
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The Ups and Downs: The Courthouse Elevator Story

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Published Feb. 17, 2012 @ 9:12 p.m.

The final inspection was conducted on February 1st and this past Thursday Commissioner Charles Morris, the contractor (Pharr & Company) and representatives from the engineering firm Parkhill, Smith and Cooper reviewed and completed the punch (check) list.

In the meantime, people have been using the first elevator in the Garza County Courthouse history regularly.  Once in the cab, you can be lifted from the first to the third floor in less than 20 seconds without loosing your breath. 

Judge Lee Norman told The Garza Post that the five month project which started on September 6, 2011 "was completed on time" and came in "slightly under budget." 

At press time, contents of the commissioners' courtroom and the law library were being switched to enable elevator access for the commissioners' meetings on the third floor of the south end of the building.     

Prior to the commencement of the construction, some elected officials and employees were concerned that the construction process may be troublesome to the daily routine.  Norman explained that "the project went as smoothly as we could have  asked for.  They halted work numerous times for county court and to not disrupt county office work schedules."  

Judge Norman concluded that "the (commissioners') court is very satisfied with the workmanship and the attention Pharr and Company gave to the project."

The new addition to the courthouse will allow easier access to most of the courthouse for everyone.

Click the photo to see more pictures of the transformation of the same view throughout the construction process.

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