Ramp will provide better access to Valley Falls pool for handicapped
by Clarke Davis
Valley Falls will improve access to its swimming pool this year by adding a ramp to better serve the handicapped.
City Administrator Chris Channell told the council at the March 7 meeting that there were a couple of choices under federal ADA requirements: a lift or a ramp.
The ramp, expected to cost about $4,000, is believed to be the most affordable and still meet the requirements. The city plans to have the ramp in place when the pool opens, usually around Memorial Day.
Returning swimming pool employees will be offered a 3 percent wage increase as pool manager Shirley Allen starts the hiring process.
Channell said he met with the Kansas Department of Transportation concerning an entrance off K-4 highway for a Dollar General store. He told the council it gave him the opportunity to pass along the concerns of the community about a slower speed limit through the town.
Part of what he had to pass along was that highway safety and a slower speed limit was the No. 1 concern of those attending a health assessment meeting in Valley Falls recently conducted by the Jefferson County Health Department.
A couple who asked for some help from the council to resolve a drainage problem that had put them before the city judge came up empty handed. Dale and Sarah Nordlund would like to drain a small basement area in the 600 block of Walnut but have received complaints from neighbors.
The couple, with the aid of their lawyer, Dennis Hawver, tried to get the council to give them some leeway in ditching along the alley as an inexpensive way to resolve the problem. Channell told the council that one neighbor’s complaint still stands and a couple of other neighbors are on a “wait and see” basis.
By not acting, the council leaves the matter in city court.
With the arrival of an early spring, Daryl Courter, utilities superintendent, was given the go ahead to open the city park facilities. He said a family had already requested use of the park.
In other business, the council:
- Accepted a sealed bid from Lynn Littleton for $1,200 for an old police car. Two other bids of $400 and $551 were received.
- Learned that the next Economic Development Committee social will be at 5:30 p.m. March 28 at the Valley Falls Chiropractic Clinic.
- Renewed some trailer court licenses.
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