The Calhoun Commission continues to work on obtaining funding to improve handicap access to the county courthouse.

While the county has plans for a multi-story elevator, funding for the project has not been found. Over the years, the costs of the elevator have risen from about $200,000 to over $600,000.

A more recent approach to deal with handicap access is the installation of chair lifts inside the courthouse, with applications for funding not being approved, so far.

The commission recently applied for a grant to install an air conditioning system in the courthouse, using existing steam pipes. The system would replace window air conditioners, which are high energy consumers of electricity.

Courthouse improvement grants have replaced windows in the structure, and reduced the heating bill by about 40%.

Other grants that have recently been approved include a Homeland Security Grant for $18,148, a Parkersburg Area Foundation grant for $1,000, a $4,400 grant to improve courtroom security, and a paving grant for the Upper West Fork Park.

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