PEABODY — Making good on a promise to move Peabody City Council meetings if the City Hall elevator not been fixed, the City Council is moving its meetings this week to a ground-floor conference room at City Hall.

The elevator was closed for renovations in January and still is not ready for public use, because it has not yet been inspected and certified by the state. It was set to be inspected in time for tomorrow's meeting, but a minor problem with the elevator forced a delay. The problem was fixed Monday and should be inspected soon, City Clerk Tim Spanos said yesterday.

"It's a matter of getting the state inspector in. Everything else has been done," Spanos said.

The City Council usually meets on the second floor, in Wiggin Auditorium, which is currently accessible only by stairs. The council postponed voting on several special permits in March because public hearings were required and the room was not handicapped accessible.

The council has voted on numerous other permits since January, before the accessibility issue was brought up. The city has received no complaints about the lack of handicapped access, however, and no laws were broken by holding the public hearings there, according to Peabody City Solicitor John Christopher.

Still, to "err on the side of caution," council President Anne Manning-Martin pledged to move the meetings to another location until the elevator is fixed.

The council's finance subcommittee will meet at 6 p.m., followed by a committee of the whole meeting at 6:15 p.m. and the regular council meeting at 7:30.

Because the room is not equipped for live recording, the meeting will be taped and air on public access television at a later date, Spanos said.

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