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Yukon driver's license site to close indefinitely

Unsanitary conditions forced officials to close the Yukon driver's license site, effective Monday.
BY STEVE GUST Modified: September 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm •  Published: September 5, 2013

The driver's license exam site in Yukon will close effective Monday, taxing a system already under fire for long wait times.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Thompson, citing a faulty sewer line, called the building conditions “unsanitary.”

Department of Public Safety trooper Betsy Randolph said the office at 334 Elm Ave. would be closed indefinitely. Starting Monday, the four-person staff of the Yukon site will be moved to the state's new driver's license site at 728 E Interstate 240, which opened last month.

“We have bathrooms that work there,” Randolph said. “Out of order signs” were on both restrooms Thursday in Yukon and the doors were locked.

Randolph said it wasn't right to have people wait long periods of time and not have access to a restroom.

Jeff Hankins, director of driver's license services, said the sewer issue surfaced last year, and sewage often backed up into the restrooms. It would cost $10,000 to $11,000 to fix the problem, and Hankins said the state couldn't do it.

Hankins said the city allowed the state to use the office in a strip mall near downtown Yukon. The office had been in negotiations with the city and the property owner to fix the sewer line.

“We called as recently as yesterday and still got no firm commitment to fix it,” Randolph said.

About 140 people a day use the center.

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