For many years, the Calhoun Commission has been trying to get funding for the installation of an elevator in the county courthouse, to make it more handicapped accessible.

The West Virginia Development office has just advised the commission that the latest 2008 Small Cities Block Grant application for the elevator has been rejected.

The denial said "Demand always exceeds available funds."

While architect plans have been drawn for the elevator, the cost of the project over a ten year period has risen from about $175,000 to about $500,000.

The commission continues to seek funding, and will submit the application again in 2009.

Several years ago, a ramp project was completed for handicap access to the basement of the courthouse.

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