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Electric generator on its way, but wires in the air
Electric generator on its way, but wires in the air

Electric cabling is held above ground level for a generator project at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Visitors to the county courthouse for the next few weeks will see thick electrical cables being held up above ground level by a truck-mounted crane owned by York Electric.

“It’s kind of a weird way to handle it, but we had no choice,” Kris York said Saturday afternoon after his workers installed the first part of the electrical work for a new emergency electrical generator for the courthouse.

The problem, York said, is that he can’t continue his progress with wiring until the concrete pad is poured because the generator can’t be placed on the pad until the concrete has had time to harden or “cure.”

“They’ve got to pour the concrete around it, so we thought the safest way would be to hold (the wires) up in the air with straps and keep it out of the way until they get the concrete poured,” York said.

York had to deal with another problem, he said — the courthouse’s current generator began to smoke and didn’t work properly when he took the courthouse’s electrical power offline to do work on installing the new generator.

“The old generator wasn’t up to speed so they brought in a fire truck with a generator on it,” York said.

That was needed because certain offices in the courthouse such as the county jail and sheriff’s dispatchers couldn’t be shut down even for weekend work, York said.

Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham, who has taken the lead in the courthouse generator project, said he’s pleased to see ground broken for the project.

“It’s been long overdue,” Farnham said. “Once we get this up and running, we can get the signs up designating this as a community shelter. That’s what the plan was 20 years ago.”

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