Wednesday, March 12, 2014
GRANGEVILLE – Parking access for persons with disabilities is proposed to improve in downtown Grangeville.
Next week, the Grangeville City Council is tentatively set to review a proposed ordinance defining a “downtown area,” as per ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements, as a first step for establishing additional parking locations for the disabled.
At the March 3 meeting, Councilor Michael Peterson reported discussion by the city ADA committee that Grangeville has insufficient Main Street ADA parking spaces — essentially one per every 35 spots.
Currently the city has no ADA-defined downtown area but rather a business district, established by city ordinance 10-5-1, that encompasses the Main Street corridor and one-half block north and south off Main. To comply with ADA requirements, the city will need to define a downtown area by ordinance and provide the required parking in relation to the number of spots currently available.
Council discussion was on how to accommodate for ADA parking additions downtown where spaces are already limited. Councilors discussed several proposed locations that provided access to ramps or driveways for persons with disabilities. Also, these locations, due to being adjacent to such access points, would better accommodate the extended space needed for ADA parking.
“I think we need to be accommodating,” Mayor Bruce Walker said, and that it would be reasonable to designate this district as the three-block area from College to Meadow streets.
Peterson also pushed for the council to determine how it would plan implementation, whether all at once or during a five-year period, for example; no decision was made on this during the meeting.
According to Mayor Walker’s request, the ordinance would be introduced at the March 17 meeting; however, it was not planned for council to adopt it at this time so as to allow for public review of and comment on the proposal.