Officials Making Jefferson City More Accessible

7 years 4 days 11 hours ago Wednesday, March 14 2012 Mar 14, 2012 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:21:00 AM CDT March 14, 2012 in News
By: Karl Roskamp

JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City officials met Wednesday to get public feedback on a project to make Jefferson City compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

"It's a reassessment of where we need to go...to make everything we have ADA accessable," Interim City Counselor and ADA Coordinator Drew Hilpert said.

The only problem, no one from the public showed up.

"We're a little disappointed," Hilpert said.

The details of the project aren't complete, but the goal is for the city to comply with the act's regulations.  This means renovating doorways, pools, parks, streets and buildings people with disabilities cannot easily access.

The city hasn't updated its compliance since 1990, but the previous plan will serve as a guideline for the latest additions.

City officials said the benefits of updating the city won't be limited to just disabled people. 

"I think everybody benefits from it," Hilpert said, "There's no target number of people."

A final project proposal is expected within two months.

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