Damage costs rising

    The cost to repair damages to the electrical system at the Adams County Courthouse, which was zapped during severe storms that whipped through the area at the beginning of August, is much higher than initially thought.
    Dave Meyer of building maintenance told the Adams County Commissioners on Monday that the estimated cost to repair the electrical damage caused by an apparent lightning strike is now around the $60,000 mark, a substantial jump from the initial $20,000 estimate in the days immediately following the storm.
    Meyer reported to commissioners at last week's meeting that the second floor air conditioning unit, elevator, emergency alarms and panic alarms were apparently  struck by lightning during the severe storms.
    Meanwhile, IT Manager Landon Patterson reported his offices lost five phones, five computer systems, three floor network switches, two fiber optic transceivers, and two recording devices, one in each court.
    Meyer said the estimated cost to repair just the HVAC units is $25,000, adding that those repairs will be postponed until the funds are available.
    The cost to repair the damage in the IT department is approximately $35,000, Meyer said.
    The commissioners asked Meyer to keep in contact with the insurance company and return when updates are available.