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Officials eye new ramp, security

An accessible ramp leading to the front doors of City Hall off West Fourth Street and security improvements in the lobby top the agenda of city’s public works committee meeting next week.

The ramp and concept of bringing more security into City Hall are among topics scheduled for City Council’s public works committee Tuesday, said Councilwoman Bonnie Katz, committee chairwoman.

“The ramp in the rear is too steep for wheel chair accessibility,” she said.

Additionally, having the ramp at the front saves the police department from having an officer sitting at the front desk, she said.

Michael Snyder, an architect who is designing the ramp, met previously with the committee to review the concept.

The city financing package will provide money for the ramp, security, and elevator repair — which is estimated at $550,000, according to William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director.

For about a year, those in wheelchairs and others with accessibility needs attended public works committee meetings to express support for the administration’s plans.

Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, said the ramp is a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The committee generally meets at 2:30 p.m. in council chambers. It is an open publicly advertised meeting.

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