Area runners and workout enthusiasts say crumbling, cracked steps that lead to the Common Pleas Courthouse make it increasingly risky to navigate them. They say Cape Girardeau’s county or city government, or both, should fix the steps before someone gets injured. But county and city officials say they have no plans to fix or replace the steps. 2nd District associate commissioner for Cape Girardeau County, Charles Herbst, says the steps are not unsafe if people use the handrail and pay attention to where they walk. About 20 of the 54 steps are visibly cracked or crumbling. Herbst says the steps would need to be replaced, not just repaired. It also is debatable who would be responsible for replacing steps. Herbst says the city of Cape Girardeau owns the four-acre site and the courthouse annex. The city and county each have half ownership of the historic, brick courthouse. Under a lease agreement, the county maintains the buildings and grounds. Herbst says replacement of the steps would go beyond any repair work the county would be obligated to perform.