Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 27, 2013

Commissioners close courthouse bathrooms

Public banned from restrooms after woman falls and fractures arm.

By Carson Gerber
Kokomo Tribune

---- — PERU – Miami County Commissioners have closed two courthouse bathrooms to the public after a woman fell and fractured her arm in September in the women’s second-floor restroom.

Tom Webster, who owns Webster Insurance Agency which handles courthouse accident claims, approached commissioners Monday about closing the restrooms because of the accident.

He said September’s incident was the second case in the last few years where someone tripped and fell inside the bathroom, which has a 7 inch step to get to the toilet stalls.

Commissioners approved closing the restroom for public use, and making it available only to courthouse employees. The third-floor men’s bathroom, which also has a 7 inch step, was also closed to the public.

“Why wait until someone falls in there?” said Commissioner Josh Francis.

Webster said commissioners have a $5,000 reserve to pay for small claims like the bathroom accident. He said the incident will likely not increase insurance rates for the county.

Only one men’s and one women’s bathroom are now available for public use in the courthouse.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.