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Courthouse elevator project ahead of schedule

An employee of Schindler Elevator lifts and lowers parts in the elevator shaft on Monday as the company prepares to install the new cylinder that operates the courthouse’s elevator from below. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

LISBON — County Commissioner Roy Paparodis announced some good news for employees and those often utilizing the services at the Columbiana County courthouse — the elevator repair project may be finished ahead of schedule.

Schindler Elevator Corp. employees arrived late last week and began removing the cylinder that lifts the elevator, which stopped working when hydraulic oil leaked from it and caused it to smoke in mid-February.

During Wednesday’s commission meeting, Paparodis said the old cylinder has now been removed and the company believes the new one will be completely installed a week from Friday. If that happens, it will be two weeks earlier than what had been projected when commissioners made the decision to have Schindler complete the project.

In other matters Wednesday:

— Commissioners announced that Penn-Ohio is being ordered to pay $50,000 in penalties for violations involving the train, which brings the debris into Negley to the landfill. Commissioner Mike Halleck noted Commissioner Tim Weigle had worked hard on to make sure this happened and the Middleton Township trustees will receive $40,000 of those penalties.

— Halleck also announced Encino Energy, which is an oil and gas company, will be doing some more drilling in the county. As a way to do something nice for the community, Halleck reported Encino has had some of their employees volunteering at the vaccination complex clinics.

— Commissioners approved the use of the courthouse parking lot by the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce, which plans to host a craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 17.

— Commissioners also approved participation by the county engineer’s office in the ODOT winter salt contract for next winter.

— Commissioners gave county Recorder James Armeni permission to sign a contract with Cott Systems Inc. for land records management systems.

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