Officials in the Town of North Hempstead have approved a second bond to repair outdated elevators at three town properties.
Town council members voted 7-0 Thursday to issue $150,000 worth of bonds for elevator repairs. Town officials plan to combine the $150,000 with $100,000 from a previously passed bond. The combined $250,000 will be added to an elevator repair plan already in place.
In June, the town approved $406,270 to fix the elevator at Town Hall and rebuild the elevator cabs at Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park. The money from June and the bonds approved Thursday will now go toward fixing the Town Hall elevator, the Tully Park elevator cabs and the elevator inside the town’s public works department building.
Officials expect the work to be completed sometime this fall.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth said the extra money was needed because the cost of elevator repairs is more than town officials expected.
“Everything is coming in at a higher cost,” Bosworth said. “And it’s not just North Hempstead. This is happening all over the place.”
The cabs on the elevators at Tully Park stopped working in January and would not travel between floors, said town parks commissioner Jill Weber. Since then, the town had tried about five times to repair the elevators.
The broken elevators are inside a three-floor building on the park property. While many people use the stairs to access the indoor pool on the lower level, those with mobility issues used the elevators.
Bosworth said Thursday that repairs have already begun there. Workers at An Excelsior Corp. of Westbury are hand-making parts for the new elevator cabs, she said, adding that the work it will take to complete all the elevator repairs is also more complex than initially thought.
“You can’t just go to the elevator store and say, ‘Give me a new elevator,’ ” Bosworth said.
Once repaired, the stair lifts in place at Tully will be removed.