Seymour Appoints Committee to Ensure Accessibility for Those with Physical Limitations
Falbo-Sosnovich, Jean, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)
SEYMOUR » Improving downtown sidewalks, local parks and other areas around town to ensure accessibility to those with physical limitations is the mission of a new committee formed this week.
The Board of Selectmen Tuesday unanimously approved creation of a nine-member Livable Community Advisory Committee.
"We've been going through some issues with downtown and how we can make it more livable for people with disabilities and seniors," said First Selectman Kurt Miller.
The committee's charge will be to report issues, like deteriorating sidewalks, lack of curb cuts or lack of handicapped accessibility, to the selectmen.Miller said he's requesting that $28,000 be placed in the capital plan to make some infrastructure repairs to sidewalks, which he said will "improve mobility for people in wheelchairs."One of the newly appointed committee members, resident Joseph Luciano, 75, relies on the use of a wheelchair following a stroke in 2006. He said he has encountered problematic areas around town, like sidewalks that just end, prohibiting him from getting to where he needs to go."I am delighted and honored, having just learned that at the last BOS meeting," Luciano said. "I will do my best to participate cooperatively with its members."Luciano lives in a downtown apartment complex on DeForest Street and uses a motorized wheelchair to get around. …