A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday,      November 23, 2004.  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)





Mr. Rogers noted the Disabled Persons Advisory Board monthly meetings are not being advertised on the Township Channel 16.  Mr. Rogers stated the he would e-mail Mr. Fedorchak and Ms. States prior to each meeting as a reminder.


Mr. Rogers stated he sent an e-mail and memorandum to Mr. Fedorchak regarding the requests he made on behalf of the Disabled Board for Bexley Orchards, McCaffrey’s and the Township Building.  He stated he did receive a response yet and would talk to Mr. Fegley to see if he could get any information on those matters.


The Board discussed the poor lighting at the Township Building at the front and rear entrances.  Mr. Rogers stated he would add the poor lighting issue to his list for Mr. Fedorchak to look into.


Mr. Rogers stated he looked at publications that could be used to discuss accessibility with local businesses.  He said he could order the ADA Guide for small Businesses.  Ms. Piccinotti suggested the Board start with a two page informational piece with reference to the Disabled Board’s website for people to contact rather than sending out pamphlets.


Mr. Rogers said he talked with Ms. Frick about Makefield Quarters and the difficult accessibility issues.  Ms. Frick said the Township does not own the roads at Makefield Quarters and the roads are not dedicated.


Mr. Rogers asked the Board if anyone knew if there was any commercial construction going on in the Township, noting that he sees contractors all over Makefield Quarters.  Ms. Frick noted to him that there is no construction presently underway in Makefield Quarters.  Mr. Rogers asked if



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going in the back door of a doctor’s office constitutes “reasonable accommodation?”  The Board replied yes.


Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she would draft a cover letter to local businesses with information about proper accessibility.  Mr. Rogers said he would try to get additional copies of the ADA Guide to distribute to the local businesses.


Ms. Huchler-Smith suggested talking with Mr. Fedorchak again about sending Ms. Frick or any other staff member that reviews plans to a training session about ADA requirements.




Ms. Huchler-Smith moved, Mr. McConville seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the October 2004 meeting minutes as written.




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


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



                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,





                                                                                    Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary