An elevator at Columbus City Hall that was out of service for several weeks has been repaired.

Employees from Thyssenkrupp, which has an office in Indianapolis, replaced a part in the elevator, said Mike Pope, facilities manager for the city.

The part had to be designed and specially made due to the age of the elevator, installed during the 1981 overall construction of City Hall, Pope said.

Cost of the repairs and the new part were estimated at $9,000, he said.

The elevator was back in service Friday afternoon, said Mary Ferdon, executive director of administration and community development.

Without elevator service in city hall, city officials relocated several meetings to alternate locations including Donner Center and Hamilton Center since mid-June to ensure accessibility for disabled individuals.

Two city meetings this week — the Board of Public Works and Columbus City Council — are still scheduled to be conducted at the Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, Ferdon said.

Meeting sites were changed temporarily as a precautionary measure because officials didn’t know at the time when the elevator would be repaired, Mayor Jim Lienhoop said.

During the time the elevator was out of service, Lienhoop said the city had been contacted by residents who needed to conduct business at City Hall using the elevator. City officials made arrangements to meet with individuals in accessible locations, he said.

A sign also had been posted on the door at City Hall to let the public know to call the mayor’s office if someone needs help reaching a city office without the use of the elevator.

If you go

Columbus Board of Works

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday

Columbus City Council

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Both meetings will be held at the Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or