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PVA staffers assess Fiscal Court building as too broken to fix

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The building itself is almost a century old. The building itself is almost a century old.
Jay Mickle Jay Mickle
Colleen Younger Colleen Younger

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Amy Lyons and her co-workers have decked the halls and offices of the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator with plenty of Christmas spirit.

But it wears thin, when the Fiscal Court building's lack of heat forces them to dress like something out of Dickens.

"I'm all sock-monkeyed out. I have a headache from trying to sit here and work," Lyons said on Monday.

Her attire included gloves, two scarves and a full-length wool coat covering work clothing and tights.

"I believe that I probably am working at about 35 percent of what I would normally do."

"We're not getting work done," said Jay Mickle, director of the PVA's mapping division.

Mickle and other supervisors sent staffers up to the 7th floor to get warm, after thermometers on the 4th and 5th floors read 52 degrees in late morning.

"We'll get caught up," Mickle said. "But we shouldn't have to - shouldn't have to be put in that position."

Chief of Staff Colleen Younger blames the building's ancient boilers, which fire up slowly and heat unevenly.

"The plumbing backs up, the toilets overflow, the electricity goes off," she said.

The building itself is almost a century old. It was a laundry company, converted to government use in 1935 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal of public works projects to battle the Great Depression. It's why Younger and PVA Tony Lindauer weren't surprised when the $600,000 earmarked for heating, cooling and ventilation was cut from Mayor Greg Fischer's current budget.

"This building has outgrown its life," Younger said. "It's gone, it's over."

Younger and Lindauer would prefer that all of the building's tenants meet to determine how they might acquire new offices somewhere else. But they maintain that the County Clerk and County Sheriff, as fee offices, are better positioned financially to effect repairs or move.

"Why should you care?" Younger repeated WAVE 3's question. "You should care that your property is valued at what it's supposed to be valued at."

Translation: PVA employees can't be measuring, calculating and determining fair appraisals, if they're preoccupied by trying to stay warm.

"If it compromises productivity, it slows the whole process down," Younger said.

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