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Williamsport City Council to review accessibility upgrades

The City Hall elevator has passed inspection and functions to take people up and down, but it does not have upgrades as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, said Jon Sander, city engineer.

Tonight, City Council will look at bids by elevator and construction companies to complete the elevator modification and accessibility work and upgrades.

The elevator entrance must be widened and the buttons put in a location whereby those in wheelchairs can access them, Sander said earlier this week to the finance committee.

As part of the bid process, the front doors of the building will be made to be accessible with push button technology, enabling those in wheelchairs or who require access to easily get inside or leave the building, he told the Sun-Gazette.

One company, Otis Elevator, bid $312,828, and received a positive recommendation from the finance and public works’ committees.

Lundy Construction bid $201,692 for a separate remainder of the job to be done.

Gannett Fleming’s cost of on-site inspection would be $24,980 up to $53,000, Sander said.

An accessible ramp, being built by LandServe, of State College, is in the construction phase in the factory in pre-fabrication.

Council also may tackle a lot consolidation and land development by Williamsport Ballpark Inc. for its sports complex at 2 Rose St. The property is eyed as a seven-field baseball and softball complex. The entity is a land-holding arm of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

In another matter, older, surplus city materials, furniture and vehicles will be either sold, scraped or disposed of at the county transfer station — depending on council’s review of a proposal by Adam Winder, general manager of River Valley Transit.

Tonight’s meeting is the first in-person council session since they were moved to a virutal formal on YouTube due to COVID-19. The digital format will still be available to watch through YouTube and will be made accessible through the City’s website. https://www.cityofwilliamsport.org/events/city-council-meeting

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