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Williamsport accessibility advisory commission votes to hold in-person meetings

The city accessibility advisory commission voted to move to in-person meetings.

The commission voted 2-1 to go to in-person sessions, with the first meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at Trade and Transit Centre II third floor, pending room availability. Voting yes were Max Moore and Megan Rogers and voting no was Tyler Mogavero.

The in-person format was considered after the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation efforts had shown themselves to be effective. An in-person format also provides the opportunity for more interaction with people and organizations that want to speak about accessibility issues.

The city continues to provide the meetings over YouTube, accessible on the city website.

City Councilman Jon Mackey, who took over the role as a guide to get the commission going and remains available as it begins to be more organized, said that would give the city time to advertise the meeting and get other people and organizations interested in improving accessibility throughout the city parks and facilities involved.

The commission also is interested in creating its own Facebook page to provide information on its meetings and answer questions.

“I think that would be an excellent use of our time,” Moore said.

Mackey said it wouldn’t be difficult to link that page to the city website, but would have Chris Cooley, city information technology coordinator, look into it.

The commission is in the process of creating a survey to distribute to gain feedback on accessibility. The streets and parks department, recreation department and Bureau of Codes also are involved in gathering data on city parks.

The information requested included, but was not limited to, how many estimated people visit the city-owned parks annually, how many parking stalls are available and general overview of accessibility needs in the parks.

The result of that information has not been made public yet.

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