Accessibility Being Tackled in Chatham-Kent

Posted By Karen Robinet
Posted February 16, 2010

Members of the Chatham-Kent accessibility advisory committee were congratulated at the Feb. 8 council meeting upon the submission of their 2010-2011 terms of reference.

The committee was created in 2002, and Coun. Marjorie Crew said, “if you look at the list of things they have accomplished and done over the last few years, it’s quite amazing.”

Jane McGee, the municipality’s recreation facilities supervisor said as funding becomes available, various accessibility projects are addressed.

Among the activities undertaken by the committee last year were an Accessibility Education Fair and the awarding of Most Accessible Business of the Year to three businesses in Chatham-Kent.

As well, the committee provided input the recent renovation of council chambers to increase accessibility.

The group has also toured the Capitol Theatre and shared ideas pertaining to accessibility within the theatre and helped fill the void of a therapeutic
pool in Chatham-Kent.

As the committee moves forward it will continue with a number of projects, including surveying existing sidewalks for accessibility issues, working towards ensuring that new traffic signal installations are handicap accessible and reviewing accessible transit service to all of Chatham-Kent.

While a number of municipally-owned buildings are already accessible or mostly accessible, future projects include the installation of an elevator and new washrooms at the Bothwell library and theatre and many accessible features in the new Erieau firehall/library/community centre hall.

Council heard that the committee will continue with its mandate of advising and assisting municipal departments in promoting and facilitating a barrier-free Chatham-Kent for citizens of all abilities through the review of municipal policies, programs and services and the identification, removal and prevention of barriers.

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