Obsolete lift a council priority

The Waitaki District Council is considering spending about $60,000 to modernise or replace the lift in its Thames St building.

The lift was installed in 1994 when the council converted the former chief post office for its headquarters, but has proved troublesome and costly to maintain.

Property administrator Margaret Hamilton said the lift had been unreliable for some time, as the mechanism was outdated.

In the past two years, faults included stopping too often, on occasions trapping occupants between floors.

The lift serves five floors with a vertical travel of just over 12m. It has a 910kg rating and complies with New Zealand Standards.

Since the start of the year, a serviceman had been required 10 times and in February the lift was out of action for three days.

Essentially, the lift controller was now obsolete and it was almost impossible to source new parts.

It is hoped to replace the problematic lift before the end of June.



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