City to continue adding ADA ramps to intersections

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published June 29, 2015

HARPER WOODS — City Council June 15 approved the transfer of unused Community Development Block Grant funds from previous years to continue its ADA ramp program.

The city held the required public hearing and voted to approve a transfer totaling more than $145,000 into the ADA ramp improvement fund. The money will make it possible to add ADA ramps to 12-14 intersections, according to information from the city.

“This is for the handicapped ramps that are put on the sidewalks,” City Manager Randolph Skotarczyk said.

Councilwoman Veronica Paiz talked about the need for something tactile for people with vision issues, including those with guide dogs, so they know when they’re at a corner.

“On all of the handicapped ramps we’re installing under this program, we’re including a tactile barrier,” Skotarczyk said.

Councilwoman Vivian Sawicki asked if this would complete all of the intersections in the city.

Skotarczyk said it would not, but did add that they still have 2015-16 funding, as well.