Mars council discusses ADA-compliant ramp

December 5, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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MARS — Council President Michael Fleming reported Monday night that the borough received a letter from Rite Aid requesting the installation of a ramp that would comply with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations outside the drugstore.

Fleming, who said the ramp would be near the corner of West Hook Street and Grand Avenue, told council the “short-term fix” would be to mill down the area.

The project would involve the borough grinding down and replacing the blacktop on a part of the sidewalk that isn't very large, according to Fleming.

“We could probably mill that with our little milling head,” Fleming said. “Roll a little new asphalt in there.”

Fleming said the borough has set a precedence when it comes to ADA-compliant sidewalk repair.

He reminded council that the borough isn't responsible for sidewalks outside businesses, but it is responsible for accessible ramps and curbs.

Failing to maintain sidewalk regulations could jeopardize government funding, according to Fleming.

“The state could withhold liquid fuels (funding),” Fleming said. “They came in and told us that they were going to withhold liquid fuels unless we brought the handicap access on the sidewalks up to code,” he said.

Fleming said the project wouldn't cost the borough much money. “This isn't a big deal,” Fleming said. “We certainly want to do what we can to try to retain a drugstore in town.”

Borough secretary Bonnie Forsythe said a reply to the letter was sent to Rite Aid before Monday's meeting. Per the borough's code, the letter stated sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.

“At the time, there was nothing presented that indicated it was the handicap ramp,” Forsythe said. “But obviously, that changes (things).”

Council approved Forsythe sending a letter to “correct the deficiency” of the ramp.

Fleming said the milling should be able to be done during the next day with good weather.

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