McALESTER — The town of Kiowa is now one step closer to becoming accessable for those with disabilities.
The town has been trying to get bids for the work for months, said JoMae Peck city clerk.
Kiowa became aware of the accessiblity issue in April after Peck said she received a letter from Oklahoman for Independent Living regarding access to the building. Peck said she asked for a representative from OIL to come to a town meeting to make recommendations for improvement.
At an April board of trustee’s meeting Pam Pulchney assistant director for Oklahoman for Independent Livng told the Kiowa board of trustees that the time to correct the problem is now.
“The American Disablitly Act has been the law since 1990 ... I’m surprised nothing has been done here,” Pulchney said. She said the situation had not been brought to the attention of Department of Justice yet; but it would if accessibility improvements weren’t made soon.
Currently a gravel parking lot sits to the side of the building and steps with no rails are the the front access to the city hall with crumbling ramp that sits the left of the entrance. There is no railing on the ramp.
There is also no handicapped parking in front of or next to Kiowa City Hall.
Meanwhile, Pulchney said she has been working closely with the town of Kiowa to help them comply with the law.
She said she helped them find contractors to bid on the work and during Monday’s meeting Pulchney looked over the bids to determine if they met ADA requirements.
On Monday, the board accepted one of the bids and the contractor told the board that work would start as soon as next week.
“They are making a good faith effort,” Pulchney said.
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