TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

DISABLED PERSONS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2005

 

A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday,      September 27, 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, Mr. McConville seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the July 26, 2005 minutes with changes.

 

MAILING RESULTS TO LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS REGARDING ADA 

 

Mr. Rogers stated very few envelopes were returned and he has not heard from any other businesses asking for information.

 

PRESENTATION TO THE LMT SENIORS

 

Mr. Rogers stated that approximately fifteen people attended the presentation and the attendees asked good questions, stating that some questions were not relevant to what the DPAB does.  Mr. Rogers stated one woman informed him that her husband has a speech problem and uses a speech device to help him speak through typing words.  She stated she and her husband have had problems when calling 911 for assistance.  Mr. Rogers stated this issue relates to the importance of the Yardley-Makefield Emergency Unit receiving and inputting information about residents with disabilities.  Mr. Rogers stated he distributed “File for Life” magnets that can be affixed to the refrigerator with a person’s vital information and medical history.

 

Mr. Rogers stated he and Ms. Huchler-Smith also distributed the Yardley-Makefield Emergency Unit’s informational card to the seniors to fill out and returned the completed cards to the Emergency Unit.

 

DISABLED PERSONS ADVISORY BOARD LIBRARY

 

Mr. Rogers stated the Board now has a filing cabinet located on meeting room “C” in the

 

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Township Building.  The filing cabinet contains the ADA requirements and law.

 

LMT EMERGENCY UNIT

 

Mr. Rogers stated on his last visit to the LMT Emergency Unit he asked where they were with inputting information into the Emergency Response database.  The Emergency Unit’s response was that they are waiting for a response from the second mailing that was going out soon.

 

BUILDING PERMITS

 

Mr. Rogers reported that there have been no new permits filed.

 

IMAGINATION LAND

 

Mr. Rogers stated a new accessible playground was recently completed in Bensalem.  The Board discussed ideas to build and accessible playground in Lower Makefield possibly at Memorial Park in Phase II or Phase III.  Mrs. Piccinotti noted it is difficult to find Memorial Park and directional signs are needed to direct people.

 

Mr. Rogers discussed that the Township is looking to make one of the Township pools accessible for the disabled in the near future.

 

NEED FOR ID CARDS

 

Mr. Rogers stated that Mr. Fedorchak positively responded to his request for ID cards for the Board.  Mr. Fedorchak gave him the name of a printer to contact that the Township uses and Mr. Rogers would give the printer the information about the Board for the cards.  Mr. Rogers suggested having the cards printed with name of the Board, telephone number, address and web site but leave the Board members names off the cards for each member to fill in.

 

MEMORANDUM REGARDING ACCESSIBLE PARKING

 

Mr. Rogers stated he is working on the memorandum.

 

REACHING OUT TO CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Mr. Rogers stated he is aware of a ten-lesson course for business people teaching them how and why to make businesses accessible, presented by the Easter Seals of New Jersey.  Mr. Rogers stated he would put information on the Board’s website to link people to the information about the course.

 

Mrs. Huchler-Smith asked how the Board could persuade the Board of Supervisors to put money in the budget for additional improvements to the Township Building.  Mr. Rogers stated he talked with Mr. Fedorchak about the need for lighting improvements on the exterior of the

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Township Building.  Mrs. Huchler-Smith also suggested installing five-pound pulls on the exterior doors.  Mr. Rogers stated he would send Mr. Fedorchak a memorandum about these items the Board wants included in the budget for improvements and accessibility as well as an accessible playground.

 

Mrs. Piccinotti suggested if bright lighting is an issue at the Township Building than improved lighting could be along the paths or walkway.  Mrs. Huchler-Smith asked if the Township owns the library building.  She stated the library doors also should be modified to five-pound pull doors.  Mr. Rogers stated he would inquire into the ownership of the library.

 

Mrs. Huchler-Smith reported that she talked with someone at McCaffrey’s about the accessibility issues at the store.  She stated she would follow-up with McCaffrey’s in October to see if any resolution has been reached.  Mr. Rogers stated he has been checking on whether the carts have been blocking accessibility at Super Fresh lately and they have not.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

The Board scheduled the next meeting for Tuesday, October 25th at 7:30 p.m.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

                                                                       

                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary