CURB RAMPS: City ahead of ADA regulations

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s streets are ahead of the norm for new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.Cities across Indiana had to make a transition plan to submit to the state by the end of December, 2012 — Columbia City’s was submitted in November.Not only does Columbia City’s Street Department have a plan, but Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh is already putting it into action.Cearbaugh recently attended a conference, in which he learned several cities in Indiana haven’t submitted a plan yet.Beth Igney, the city’s human resource director, was appointed by the Board of Works as the ADA coordinator for Columbia City.Igney’s responsibility is to identify barriers for people in the city with disabilities. One of those barriers was sidewalk curbs.Cearbaugh said approximately 400 curb ramps need to be replaced, and his department is working on them when available.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 29 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 and twitter.