Bids are being sought for improvements to the Wayne County Courthouse, to further make it friendly for disabled persons.


Bids are being sought for improvements to the Wayne County Courthouse, to further make it friendly for disabled persons.
Hand rails are to be installed in the connecting hallways between the old courthouse and the second and third floors of the annex, “panic hardware” will be affixed to stairwell doors throughout the annex and on doors in connecting hallways to the third and fourth annex floors.
Bids are to be opened February 21st.  In a later phase, rest rooms will be made more accessible to the handicapped as well as other improvements.
Barbara Houghtaling of Rileyville, who was put in a wheel chair following a car accident a few years ago, has been campaigning for improved handicapped accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), in both government buildings and businesses in Wayne County. She had approached the Commissioners about accessibility issues and was back for update on their progress.
Chairman Brian Smith said the Commissioners have been responsive to her concern. She acknowledged it takes time to enact changes. The county had an inspection done of their facilities to see where improvements were needed, and the application processed through the Community Development Block Grant program- was about nine pages and included diagrams of the courthouse floor plans.
Borough Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Earley had said the courthouse was not out of compliance with ADA but suggested where improvements could be done.
Mrs. Houghtaling said she would report their progress to the Council For Independent Living, where she is a member. “You’ll see a lot more of me,” she added, and was thanked by the Commissioners for her efforts.