Hobart to make more sidewalks accessible to disabled
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent February 20, 2013 9:10PM
Updated: March 22, 2013 10:29AM
HOBART — The Board of Public Works and Safety agreed Wednesday to advertise for bids to make additional public sidewalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Assistant city engineer Jake Dammarell said this year the city would focus on sidewalks in the Ridgeview and George Earle school areas, saying the transition team of building official Mike Hannigan, public works director John Dubach and former city planner A.J. Bytnar believes school areas should be the priority.
He said the work will include about 40 ADA-compliant ramps, some new sidewalks and curb, as well as pedestrian warning signs, striping and school zone signs.
He said the cost, estimated to be about $120,000, will be paid through Community Development Block Grants.
Dammarell said this will be the first contract to be awarded following the creation of a mandated ADA transition plan, in which the city determined which areas still needed to become accessible to people with disabilities.
If the city had not created the plan, it would have been ineligible to receive federal funding.
In other matters, the board extended its contract with Porter County for latex paint recycling, upon the recommendation of Dubach. The contract was extended until Dec. 31.
Dubach said Porter County is paying a fair and equitable price for the paint, which costs $3 a gallon. However, he asked that the contract be approved year-to-year in the event the price needs to go up.