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Advisory commission next step on accessibility

City Council planned to vote on creating an accessibility advisory commission Thursday night, consisting of individuals from the differently-abled community and a member of council. The vote did not occur as of press time.

The proposed ordinance was given a positive recommendation by the city public works committee.

Council listened to advice of Brian Patchett, CEO of North Central Sight Services, who said the commission can work if it has a cross-section of individuals with a variety of life experiences in dealing with various disabilities.

He said they could be vision-impaired, speech, hearing or mobility and they could be candidates who are interviews who come from places such as North Central Sight Services, Center for Independent Living and Hope Enterprises.

Councilman Jon Mackey spearheaded the effort to get the commission going and is fully supportive of a city that has equal rights, equal opportunity and accessibility.

The commission would be considered vital input as city leaders plan architectural changes, developments and neighborhood improvements, which must consider accessibility.

In another matter, council decided to spend a $600,000 matching grant on the video scoreboard at Bowman Field.

Further details on the scoreboard and other City Council items will appear in a future edition of the Sun-Gazette.

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