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No budget to fix courthouse air conditioning

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Many people have probably been cranking their air conditioners up this past week, but some employees in Pike County are having to sweat it out.

Temperatures this week have been unusually warm for this time of year, which is causing big problems for people working in the Pike County Courthouse.

"The air conditioning is not working, and we're very hot this week with our abnormally hot weather for this time of year," said Deputy Judge-Executive John Doug Hays.

Some storms in February caused power surges at the courthouse, and the air conditioner stopped working. Officials say they spent weeks trying to figure out exactly what was wrong before determining the chiller had broken.

One quote they got to fix the unit is around $52,000.

Officials say when they created this year's budget two years ago, they did not have enough money to put into an emergency fund. Now they are trying to figure out what to do.

"We understood that we may have (emergencies) but we were just keeping our fingers crossed, so to speak, hoping we wouldn't," said Judge Hays.

Officials say sometimes in the afternoon the temperature in the building gets up to 100 degrees, so they have started turning off some of the lights and using fans to make it as bearable as possible.

"I think all agree that it is an emergency. We cannot continue to function and operate in the courthouse if the heat stays like this," said Judge Hays.

Their insurance company is looking into it to see if it will be covered.

Officials say they will probably have to call an emergency fiscal court meeting since the costs will be more than $20,000.


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