ADA TRANSITION: City adopts plan to meet access needs

COLUMBIA CITY — To avoid discrimination against its citizens who have disabilities, and to comply with federal law, Columbia City adopted an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.Through this plan, the city will identify barriers to streets, sidewalks or buildings, addressing complaints and meeting access needs to transform the city into a more ADA friendly community.The resolution was passed Tuesday at the City of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety meeting.“This is a federal highway administration compliance mandate to remove barriers for the public,” said Columbia City Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh. “Our plan is based on ramps around the city.”Cearbaugh said the plan will identify ramps on a map, and the city would be divided into 10 sections.“We would start replacing ramps in each section, at a minimum of 10 per year,” said Cearbaugh. “Whatever we can do above that, we’ll do, but if the money is tight, we can just do 10.”For a more in depth look at this story, see the Nov. 28 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.