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Council votes to retain elevator inspections

Tue., July 20, 2010, midnight

Spokane will keep its elevator inspection program rather than turn it over to the state.

The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to more than double inspection fees to allow the city to hire a second inspector.

State law requires that conveyances – elevators, escalators and dumbwaiters – be inspected annually, but last year the city inspected fewer than half. Council members Bob Apple and Nancy McLaughlin argued for a state takeover of the program, but state officials said they wouldn’t be prepared to do so for at least a year.

Under the new fees, the city will charge $175 plus $22 for each level more than two for an annual inspection of a hydraulic elevator. Cable elevators will cost $350 plus $22 for each level more than two. Inspections for both kinds of elevators used to cost $85 plus $10 for each level more than two.

Jonathan Brunt

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