Air conditioning out at Wright County Courthouse

HARTVILLE, Mo. -- Wright County Clerk's Office Scanner, Stacey Kelley said it's been,"tremendously hot. Yesterday was the worst."

The jail in Hartville currently sits empty, as inmates have been transported to other counties because the lock-up has no air conditioning.

There's no air conditioning in the courthouse either, but it remains open for business, with employees making the best of the situation.

"Every office has at least 2 - 3 fans," Kelley said. Division Clerk, Kimma Harris added,"we've opened the new courtroom down there. That's a different part of the courthouse, its new, so the air works in there, so it's been coming down the hallway which has kind of helped. And we've turned our lights off and the fans on. As long as we have those fans, it's not bad at all."

Today, Presiding Judge Craig Carter issued a memo saying state judicial employees will change their hours. Now, working from 6 am to noon, following OSHA guidelines for heat protection.

"Of course our clerks that have to be here for court will have to stay," said Harris. "So we'll get all that worked out."

To help handle the heat, officials have moved all courtroom business to the building's smaller courtroom, where they have more airflow.

There's no word yet on when the air conditioning will be fixed, however a portable, temporary unit is expected to arrive within days.

Sheriff Glenn Adler says, the reason the repairs are taking a while is because they're having to get bids on the work that needs to be done to replace the broken air conditioning.