An emergency was declared by the Adams County commissioners on Monday, but not involving snow or floods or tornadoes.
The "emergency" was merely a technical legal maneuver to allow up to $13,500 be spent to made Adams Superior Court handicap-accessible by installing doors and automatic door-opening systems.
Steve Krull, the county's superintendent of facilities and grounds, told the commissioners that it would take about $13,000 for the work, but he advocated adding a bit more in order to repair the tile floor in the court building's foyer after the door jobs are done. So the amount was raised to $13,500.
Krull said the work would be done over spring break, with the following improvements:
• Automatic door-opening systems installed on the outside doors and on the inner door leading to court offices and a hallway.
• Two doors to replace the one door that now leads from the hall into the courtroom. The new doors will be three feet wide and four feet wide, so wheelchairs can move through.
• Put up drywall, apply "mud" to cover drywall seams, and paint.
Also at the meeting:
• The commissioners signed a contract to continue Dave Milligan of Portland as grant administrator of the project to rehabilitate the covered bridge near Ceylon in the southern end of the county.
• An ordinance was unanimously passed to raise the amount charged to banks, mortgage firms, etc. by the sheriff's department for administrative fees on property sales conducted by the sheriff from $13 to $200, which is the most allowed under state law.