TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - On Thursday, a newly hired independent consultant will begin assessing progress as Vigo County transitions to more handicap accessible buildings and facilities, to conform with the government's stepped up enforcement of ADA requirements.
"Buildings, the door widths, the pressure on the doors to get them open," said Judy Anderson, president of the Vigo County Commissioners. Anderson was giving examples of what that engineering consultant might be looking for.
"Whether (the door) has to have a push button, or whether it can just be pulled."
Anderson readily admits Vigo County is not as far along in the process as she'd like to be, but neither is the city of Terre Haute, News 10 confirmed Tuesday. The city, under the leadership of Josey Daugherty, Terre Haute's ADA coordinator, is not as far along as county government is; Kathy Kinney is serving in the same capacity as Daugherty, but on the county government side of things.
While commissioner Anderson is proud of the handicap accessible amenities already in place inside the courthouse, thanks to a 2008 major renovation, Kinney shared concerns about the fate of all three of the county's parks: Fowler, Prairie Creek, and Hawthorn.
The Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law back in 1990, but has always been, by all accounts, lowly enforced. Today, the federal government's holding most all city and county governments to a December 2012 deadline, according to Kinney. Kinney told News 10 Vigo County should be well on its way to compliance, or at least have a plan on paper in place, in the next two months; three months, maximum.
County leaders said the feds are strongly implying they could penalize local governments in non-compliance by withholding federal dollars for upcoming projects, as one example.
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