TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

DISABLED PERSONS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2005

 

A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday,      April 26, 2005.  Chairman Rogers opened the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:                        John McConville, member

Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary

David Rogers, Chairman     

Ann Piccinotti, Vice-Chairman

Liz Harbison, member (absent)            

                                                                       

OTHERS:                                                       Scott Fegley, Supervisor Liaison (absent)

                                                                        Bob Shanburg

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Ms. Huchler-Smith moved, Ms. Harbison seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the March 2005 meeting minutes as written.

 

UPDATE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

 

Mr. Rogers said that he talked with the LMT Seniors Group President to ask if he could speak at one of their meetings and she told him to call her in August.  She stated to him that the seniors only have formal meetings every other month or when the need arises.

 

Mr. Rogers noted the audible signal on Big Oak Road is in the process of being installed.

 

Mr. Rogers stated the Yardley-Makefield Emergency Unit sent out a 2005 fund drive request with a questionnaire for people with disabilities to fill out.  He stated the questionnaire would be distributed only to Emergency units to help them better assist disabled persons in the case of an emergency.  Mr. Rogers stated he would contact the YM Emergency Unit to ask if they would provide only the number of disabled persons who replied to the questionnaire.

 

Mr. Rogers stated he has been going to the Township Building each week to look at commercial permit applications and noted there are none at this time.

 

Ms. Huchler-Smith discussed McCaffrey’s Supermarket and questioned the total number of handicap parking spaces for the shopping center.  She also stated there was a problem with the elevator the first day the store opened.  Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she has noted a lot of people lately with a handicap placard parking in handicap spaces that are very capable of walking and

 

 

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not giving up the parking spot to someone who cannot walk.  Mr. Shanburg stated any doctor could grant a handicap placard regardless of the person’s medical situation.

 

Mr. Rogers said the letter he wrote on behalf of the Board to Mr. Fedorchak regarding parking in the Fire Lane at McCaffrey’s was also forwarded to Ms. Frick.

 

TRAINING ON ADA REQUIREMENTS

 

Mr. Shanburg was present at the meeting to train the Board members on ADA Requirements.  Mr. Rogers said he received approximately 150 copies of the ADA Guide and Tax Credits for Businesses to be distributed to local businesses.  Mr. Shanburg asked how the Board intended to distribute the information.  Mr. Rogers said the Board might hand deliver the information.  Mr. Shanburg said the Board couldn’t presume the owners are responsible for ADA compliance, the tenants may be.

 

Mr. Shanburg said he and Mr. Rogers went to the universally accessible playground in Bensalem and it is a great playground to see.  He said he proposed to Mike Fitzpatrick that each county donate a portion of the parks for a universally accessible playground.

 

Mr. Shanburg referred to a memorandum citing requirements that set minimum standards for ADA compliance citing code numbers.  He discussed the “Monday Morning” accessibility campaign in Trenton to determine accessibility compliance at local businesses.  He said they use a tape measure, camera, door pull weight and notebook.  Mr. Shanburg said “Monday Morning” also developed a card to reference the ADA code, no citation.  Mrs. Piccinotti suggested the Board distribute a doorknob hanger citing the ADA violations at a particular business.  Mr. Shanburg discussed parking requirements he handed out recently to the Board.  He said the most important compliance issues are 5 pound pull doors and 36” doors.

 

Mr. Shanburg noted to the Board that they need approval from the Township to visit the businesses door-to-door citing non-compliance with ADA requirements.  Ms. Huchler-Smith suggested giving literature to the businesses then give them 90 days to digest the information and revisit the businesses to correct the deficiencies.

 

Mr. McConville discussed that he is uncomfortable with personally going to businesses to tell them they do not comply with ADA requirements.

 

The Board discussed that doing this is a two-step process, first send a letter to the businesses with the ADA requirements and Tax Credit information, giving the businesses 90 days to respond, then send the businesses a letter from the Township with a list of the non-compliance issues.

 

Ms. Piccinotti stated she feels it is the responsibility of the business owner to know the ADA requirements and the Board should not approach businesses that have been in existence for years.

 

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Ms. Huchler-Smith said the Board is in agreement that the entire Township is not in compliance with handicap signage that is enforceable.  Mr. Rogers said he would meet with Mr. Fedorchak and inform him of the signage problem and go from there.

 

Mr. Shanburg suggested sending a letter to local businesses informing them if they want more information about ADA requirements, they could go to the Township Tax Office to get the information.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

The Committee scheduled the next meeting for Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30 p.m.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

                                                                       

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary