City of Ottumwa working to make sidewalks more handicap accessible

Tuesday's council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

At Tuesdayâ??s Ottumwa City Council meeting, council members will be looking make new revisions to a currently $1.2 million dollar project.

The city is currently in its third year of a ten year program of installing sidewalk drops and detectable warnings. These are to be placed at corner intersections of city sidewalks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, department heads are looking to make this a 15 year project instead of a ten year project. Currently the Capital Improvements Program puts $120,000 per year into the project. Helfenberger says the request tomorrow is for $150,000 that would cover a third of the work.

"Concern some of the council members are going to have tomorrow night is whether or not we can extend this is a lieu of other ADA requirements that are in place for the city," Helfenberger said. "Mainly we also have about a $2.5 million mandate for making the city owned buildings handicapped accessible."

That federal mandate must be complete over the next 14 years. Tuesday's council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The Ottumwa City Council approved plans for the upcoming project at Tuesday night's meeting.