- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Running for public office is usually a challenge but it may be easier than riding the elevators at Reno’s City Hall.

The Reno-Gazette-Journal reports (https://tinyurl.com/pv7agf6) emergency crews have been dispatched 10 times the past 13 months to rescue people trapped in elevators at the 16-story building.

Randy Jewett, the chief of the state division that regulates elevators, says that rate of entrapment is clearly excessive.

Reno real estate agent Barrie Schuster was trapped for about 90 minutes last week with three police officers and a city engineer. She says she was more bored than scared.

City maintenance manager Erich Strunge says the elevators date to 1963. They were modernized in 2007, but he says the replacement parts continue to malfunction.

The city currently is considering a recent bid for $560,000 to do another overhaul.

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