TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

DISABLED PERSONS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005

 

A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday,      October 25, 2005.  Chairman Rogers opened the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:                        John McConville, member (absent)

Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary

David Rogers, Chairman     

Ann Piccinotti, Vice-Chairman

Liz Harbison, member

                                                                       

OTHERS:                                                       Scott Fegley, Supervisor Liaison (absent)

                                                                       

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Ms. Huchler-Smith moved, Ms. Harbison seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the September 27, 2005 minutes with changes.

 

LMT SENIORS

 

Mr. Rogers stated he received a telephone call from Ada Derr from the LMT Seniors group advising him that the seniors would be having a “Health Fair” at their next meeting.  Ms. Derr asked Mr. Rogers if he and another Board member could sit at a table and answer questions about what services the Disabled Persons Advisory Board could offer to seniors.  Mr. Rogers stated the senior’s next meeting is Tuesday, November 1st from 10 to 12 p.m.   Ms. Huchler-Smith stated that she could sit at the Board’s table with Mr. Rogers.

 

LMT EMERGENCY SQUAD MAILING RESULTS  

 

Mr. Rogers said the Emergency Squad advised him a second mailing was sent out.  Mr. Rogers stated that he received the mailing but the information card was not enclosed.  He stated he would contact the Emergency Squad and ask why the card was not enclosed.

 

BUILDING PERMITS

 

Mr. Rogers stated no new permits have been issued since the last meeting.

 

ID CARDS FOR BOARD MEMBERS

 

Mr. Rogers stated the ID cards were ordered and the cards should be received soon.  Ms. Huchler-Smith stated that she would wait to follow-up with McCaffrey’s regarding the accessibility issues she visited them earlier about until she receives a card.  The Board agreed.

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ADA COMPLIANCE LETTER TO LOCAL BUSINESSES

 

Mr. Rogers stated he took the letter he drafted to local business owners he personally knew to get their input.  They thought the end of the letter was a little harsh.  Mr. Rogers agreed with the input from the business owners.  The Board discussed ways to encourage business owners to install handicap parking spaces and comply with ADA requirements.  Ms. Huchler-Smith asked where would business owners obtain handicap signs.

 

The Board discussed altering the letter to discuss the benefit of installing proper signs and ways to draw more business from disabled persons.

 

NEW GSA BUILDING STANDARDS

 

Mr. Rogers stated he received an email regarding the new GSA requirements for government buildings, which exceed existing requirements for automated doors at public entrances.

 

Mr. Rogers discussed Flowers Mills, the age restricted community in Langhorne and how the residents cannot open the doors at the Community Center because they are too heavy.  The residents have requested that the doors be replaced and the Community has denied the request.  The residents may take the Community to Court to compel it to replace the doors.

 

Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she would keep the new GSA standards in mind for any new buildings or minor renovations.  Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she also received an email from Ms. Krulla that “Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities” was posted on the Board’s web site but there is a problem with accessing the link right now.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

The Board scheduled the next meeting for Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

 

                                                                       

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary