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Elevator at the Main Pavillion at Dwyer Memorial Park to be Replaced

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The current elevator at the Main Pavilion at Dwyer Memorial Park will be replaced after the County Legislature voted to authorize up to $100,000 for the replacement of the current elevator at the facility. Currently, the Main Pavilion is used by the Cortland Repertory Theatre (CRT) during their summer season of shows.


During the County Building and Grounds Committee meeting back on March 14th, Kirby Thompson, Producing Artistic Director, provided details on why a new elevator is needed.
Thompson said to the committee the current elevator at the facility has been there since 2003 when the theater originally put in an elevator at the building. When CRT put in the elevator back in 2003, funding had to be done by the Repertory Theater by themselves with no financial assistance from the County, even though the county owns the building. Overall cost totaled $150,000 due to the county also requiring a sprinkler system being installed. He also noted that it was done during a previous Legislature.

Reasons for a new elevator were discussed by Thompson as the elevator being over 20 years old, patrons had gotten stuck inside the elevator last year; he stated he wants to be proactive in the situation before another person gets stuck in the elevator. Thompson came to the county for financial assistance in replacing the elevator as CRT is still recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

The installation of the new elevator will be done by Northstar Lifts, LLC of Tully. The company will install a Garaventa Elvoron CPL. The elevator is expected to be ready for use by the time the 2024 season at the pavilion begins.

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