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Greenfield assessing its accessibility for the disabled

  • The Greenfield Town Hall Recorder File Photo/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Saturday, June 16, 2018

GREENFIELD — The city is looking to receive more public input as assessments on handicap access in Greenfield wraps up.

City buildings and sidewalks have been assessed by two outside groups to determine what can be done to improve disability access in the city as part of its efforts to improve the Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The plan is being presented Wednesday, with a chance for the public to give input on the project.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the Greenfield High School library.

The assessments revealed several areas within the city where disability access is in some way compromised. Locations include city hall, the library and the planning and development office on 114 Main St. The plan prepared by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission outlines projected costs and timelines for potential improvements, which will be presented Wednesday.

Now, officials are looking to receive input from the public on when these issues are addressed.

“What’s next is how do we prioritize things, how do we make a thoughtful and thorough plan and start to address them,” Grants Administrator MJ Adams said.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission began assessing the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan in February. In addition, the city partnered with Americorp to assess sidewalk disability access in Greenfield.

Funds for the assessments came from a $40,000 grant from the Massachusetts Office of Disability, as well as $10,000 contributed by the city, according to Adams, though the assessments totaled $45,000.

You can reach Dan Desrochers at:

ddesrochers@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 257