Joliet will fix a baseball stadium elevator in which fans at times got stuck last season.
The city council last week voted to spend $66,313 to repair and upgrade the elevator at Joliet Route 66 Stadium.
The elevator provides access to the seating area for handicapped fans and also is used by patrons in the suite level of the stadium.
“In several instances, patrons were trapped in the elevator until the Joliet Fire Department could free them,” stated a staff memo on the elevator contract.
Heather Mills, general manager of the Slammers, the baseball team that plays at and manages the city-owned stadium, characterized the number of breakdowns as “a couple of times.”
She said the situations were “not too bad. The fire department came right over.”
Three contractors bid on the elevator upgrades, and the contract was awarded to low bidder Colley Elevator Company.
Councilwoman Jan Quillman asked during a committee meeting if the upgrades would speed up the elevator.
“It’s always been slow,” Quillman said.
Michael Eulitz, public assets supervisor for the city, said “it’s possible” the work will lead to a faster elevator.
The city has been spending money on upgrades at the stadium, including the installation of artificial turf for $1.6 million to replace grass before the start of the 2018 baseball season. The project also included a reconfiguration of the outfield wall to accommodate soccer as the city tries to attract more events to the stadium.
Other improvements have included new security fencing, new flooring in certain areas, and a pavilion installed behind the left-field wall.