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Williamsport City Council continues to address accessibility issues

City Council recently agreed to the hiring of two accessibility compliance specialists.

Janetta Green was appointed coordinator for accessibility compliance and Mark Derry, accessibility building consultant.

The city has about $20,000 reserved in the budget for their expenses, said Liz Miele, council vice president.

The specialists will look at Trade and Transit Centres I and II. They also will check on any other buildings, except for the condemned and largely closed City Hall, Mayor Derek Slaughter said.

Once Green and Derry accomplish their work, Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, will have received training to be certified as accessibility coordinator.

“This will not be ongoing,” Council President Randall J. Allison said.

Green and Derry’s hirings are part of the commitment by the city to meet the consent decree it has agreed to in U.S. Middle District Court, Slaughter said.

The city entered that agreement to avoid a federal lawsuit by individuals advocating on behalf of the disabled community.

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