The City of Arnold hopes to begin work within the next few months to make more of the municipal-owned buildings compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
City Administrator Matt Unrein said the changes are in Arnold’s proposed fiscal budget.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to get this (repair) in before the six-month budget review,” Unrein said. If the new doors are not installed prior the review, the city may lack the funds needed to pay for buying and installing ADA-compliant system for City Hall.
Unrein spoke during the budget negotiations during the city council work session at City Hall Aug. 11.
The plan is to change the doors at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd., so people with disabilities can enter and exit the building more easily, said Greg Hall, Arnold’s director of administration.
The changes, however, won’t comply with existing ADA requirements, Hall said in response to Ward 2 Councilman Jim Edwards’ question about the proposed changes.
The door changes will comply with ADA requirements from previous years, Hall said.
A control to open the doors will be outside the building to help people in wheelchairs enter the building safely, Hall said.
“We’ll be talking again,” said Ward 2 Councilman Bill Moritz, who wants City Hall’s doors to comply with current ADA standards that require the center doors to open at the push of a button.
The center doors at City Hall are double doors that can accomodate a wheelchair.