TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

DISABLED PERSONS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2005

 

A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday, May 24, 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)

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

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

 

UPDATE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

 

Big Oak Traffic Signal

 

Mr. Rogers stated Jim Majewski, township engineer gave him an update on the installation of the traffic signal. He stated they are waiting for a missing part to finish the installation and would have it soon.

 

LMT Seniors

 

Mr. Rogers said that he would be giving a presentation to the Seniors sometime in September regarding the assistance the Disabled Persons Advisory Board could provide.

 

Building Permit Requests

 

Mr. Rogers said that no new commercial building requiring a permit is going on right now but the water plant would be coming in soon for a permit to rebuild its facility.

 

LMT building renovations

 

Mr. Rogers said the township has approved a sidewalk and curb replacement program. He stated the township is only doing a third of the work that was originally planned. He said the total project cost is $28,000. Mr. Rogers stated that no lighting alterations are planned at this time. It

 

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was agreed that in lieu of the lighting alterations at this time, the Disabled Board would request that higher wattage light bulbs be installed in the exterior light fixtures to provide better lighting.

 

Mr. Rogers said he learned more information about accessibility after meeting with Mr. Majewski. He stated the device that goes up to a building is called an access way if the incline ratio is 1 to 20 and if the ratio is greater it is considered a ramp. The Board discussed the location of the handicap spaces at the township building. Mr. Rogers said the spaces are spaced out if there are multiple entrances to the building. He said he requested an additional handicap space and a van accessible parking space.

 

Ms. Huchler-Smith asked if the Disabled Board could request that the lighting improvements be done in 2006. Mr. Rogers suggested the Disabled Board send a thank you letter to the Supervisors for the improvements and request that the lighting improvements be included in the 2006 budget. Ms. Huchler-Smith asked when the sidewalks and access ramp would be completed.

 

Letters to Local Business Owners Regarding ADA Compliance

 

Mr. Rogers said Mr. Fedorchak approved sending out letters to business owners. Ms. Huchler-Smith said she prepared labels and asked when the letters would be sent out. Mr. Rogers said the letters would be sent out quickly. Ms. Piccinotti said she thought this might not be the best time of year to send out the letters.

 

Mr. Rogers distributed the letter he drafted noting that many facilities and parking lots in the township are not in compliance with ADA code that the township is obligated to enforce. He said as it stands, the letter is coming from the Township Manager and thought it would be more effective if the letter came from the Chief of Police, being that his department is the entity that enforces the law. Mr. Rogers said he would go over the letter with Mr. Fedorchak and possibly talk with Chief Coluzzi to determine whom the letter should come from.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

The Committee scheduled the next meeting for Tuesday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary