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Aiken County Public Library elevator back in service

April 25, 2018

After being shut down for approximately a year and a half, the elevator at the Aiken County Public Library is back in service.

“It is with extreme pleasure that I report that the Aiken Library elevator passed inspection today and is now operational to the public,” wrote Aiken County Assistant Administrator Brian Sanders in an email to County Council members early Tuesday afternoon.

The lift had been out of commission since October 2016.

“We are ecstatic,” said Mary Jo Dawson, director of the Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System, after learning about the positive outcome of Tuesday’s inspection. “We’re glad that we’ve finally gotten the elevator back in service so that all of the patrons who have been visiting other libraries in our system or have been struggling to get up the stairs (at the Aiken County Public Library), now can have the accessibility they need on a more beautiful elevator.”

In March 2017, County Council approved a resolution to hire Myrtle Beach-based Carolina Elevator Cooperative after determining he previous contractor’s efforts to fix and renovate the lift were unsatisfactory.

Then there was a holdup because of Carolina Elevator’s previously scheduled jobs, so the company didn’t begin its work at the Public Library until last August.

In addition, many of the elevator’s parts had to be rebuilt or refurbished, which took a lot of time in some cases.

Getting the elevator’s fire safety system to function properly also was a challenge.

Earlier this month, after Carolina Elevator reported it had completed the project, the lift failed an inspection conducted by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Office of Elevators and Amusement Rides.

In an April 10 email to County Council members, Sanders wrote there were concerns about “the placement of the air conditioning emergency shutoff control” and the fact that Carolina Elevator “did not have a control installed to operate the elevator on the roof of the elevator.”

Sanders reported then that efforts to correct the problems would be made quickly and that a second inspection was scheduled for April 24.

County Council will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the back-in-service elevator at 5 p.m. April 30 at the Public Library.

The Public Library is at 314 Chesterfield Street South.

Want to go?

WHAT: Library elevator ribbon-cutting

WHEN: 5 p.m. April 30

WHERE: Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.

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