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Stuck in an elevator, councilwoman says it's time for repairs

Councilwoman Mary Woolridge was stuck in an elevator in City Hall. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Councilwoman Mary Woolridge was stuck in an elevator in City Hall. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (Source: WAVE 3 News) Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The total repair costs for the Hall of Justice is listed at just over $21 million. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The total repair costs for the Hall of Justice is listed at just over $21 million. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Martin Kute (Source: WAVE 3 News) Martin Kute (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kevin Kramer (Source: WAVE 3 News) Kevin Kramer (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - She was stuck in an old elevator between floors for almost an hour before firefighters came to her rescue.

"Scary is not the word, I was absolutely petrified," Louisville Metro Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, who represents District 3, said.

Woolridge is scared of enclosed spaces. She knew City Hall was on the list of government owned buildings in desperate need of repairs, but a few weeks ago, the councilwoman experienced why first hand.

"I thought I was going to pass out anytime," she said. "They put a ladder down there and I had to climb the ladder to get out."

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City Hall, the Fiscal Court building, the jail and the Hall of Justice are all in need of work according to a report on infrastructure deferred maintenance by a Metro Council AD-HOC Committee. Some of the things in need of restoration include plumbing, heating, AC and other major repairs like the escalator at the Hall of Justice.

"More than two-thirds of the time it's not working," Martin Kute, a local attorney, said of the escalator.

The city measures the health of the buildings in 12 categories. That list includes measurements for key building systems like gutters, electrical work and roofing. The city did not reach 100 percent in a single category. All of the categories were in the red.

"If you had fixed them when they broke, you wouldn't have to fix into the future," Councilman Kevin Kramer said.

The bill to catch up to the deferred maintenance is a whopping $144 million according to city documents. The total repair costs for the Hall of Justice is listed at just over $21 million. The buildings assessed value is just one million more.

"Several of us again have continued to say is one thing we could do is go back and take care of the property that we didn't take care of years ago," Kramer said.

He's not the only one saying the time for these buildings is running out.

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"We are stuck with them and we don't want to be stuck with them and stuck in an elevator," Woolridge said.

According to the Facilities Management Property Portfolio, here are some of the facilities assessed restoration costs:

  • Metro Hall $5,460,000
  • Metro Hall Annex $2,763,000
  • Fiscal Court Building $19,720,000
  • City Hall $5,218,500
  • City Hall Annex $4,151,500
  • LMPD Headquarters $15,090,000
  • Hall of Justice $21,330,000
  • Old Jail Building $6,400,000
  • Animal Services $7,440,000

To see the complete list of assessed restoration costs, click here.

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