BELMONT — Selectmen were less than happy when they received word at Monday night's meeting that some of the recent sidewalk improvements made as part the village revitalization project do not meet American With Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Kelly Marsh, who gave a presentation on what the town must do in order to comply with the law, told them the curb in front of town hall was not built to standards, and, that, as a result, a disabled person in a wheelchair ''could go right off from the ramp.''
She also said that bricks are not recommended as a feature of sidewalks due to ice buildup in the cracks, and said that if the town ever redoes the sidewalks, it should flatten out the surface.
That led Selectman John Pike to say he thought the town should send a letter to the engineering firm which did the Main Street work to tell them the sidewalks do not meet the ADA code.
The approximately $1.5 million project, which was completed nearly two years ago, involved the reconstruction of Main, Mill, Center, Fuller and Sargent streets, as well as the reclamation and remediation of the pavement and sidewalks, the replacement of the water system, and landscaping and lighting.
The project was funded by a combination of U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Development Block Grant, the state Revolving Fund and money accrued by the town in highway improvement reserve funds from local taxes, and a highway block grant.
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