The Cape Girardeau County Commission decided Thursday to patch crumbling steps at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. Area runners, who regularly use the steps as part of their workouts, says they pose a safety risk not just for runners but for anyone navigating them. First District Associate Commissioner Paul Koeper says the steps that are falling apart will be patched within the next week or two. About 20 of the 54 steps on the terraced hillside are visibly cracked or crumbling. But Koeper cautioned concrete patching is only a temporary solution. He says removing the steps or replacing them entirely is the next step. County officials say they don’t want to spend $100,000 or more to replace the steps when they are looking to move out of the courthouse as soon as a new county administration building is constructed in Jackson within the next five years. He says he doesn’t know how long the repairs will last.