Handling business in Jackson County came to a screeching halt this week due to an air conditioning problem. County facilities have been closed to the public for the last two days.
Wednesday, many Jackson County residents were unable to access county offices. Marion Roane is one of many who found themselves locked out. Roane says, “It’s a big inconvenience to me because I need to talk to the clerk, but I can’t because there's no one here.” The county courthouse, courts building, and services complex closed Tuesday due to air conditioning malfunctions that started Monday.
Scott Karcher, Facilities Director for Jackson County, says, “We had some problems with our chiller air conditioning systems. We had two of them, we were in the process of working on one when the second one failed on us.” County officials say the heat inside the buildings is unbearable, forcing them to close their doors, leaving this usually crowded parking lot quite empty.
Joe Martin, Circuit Clerk for Jackson County, says, “The higher you get in the building, the hotter it gets, but those are things that happen sometimes.” Martin is handling absentee ballots for the upcoming election. He says his department has been determined to accommodate as many voters as possible.
Martin also says, “It’s been hot, but we had some people who stayed late last night until about 1 or 1:30.” Fortunately, the Jackson County facilities had air conditioning restored by the afternoon. Thursday morning, the county will once again be available to their residents in a cooler environment. The circuit clerk's office will be available to absentee voters all day Thursday and Friday, as well as Saturday until noon.