North Judson is continuing its efforts to become compliant with regulations from the Americans with Disabilities Act. Town Marshal and ADA Coordinator Doug Vessely said he has been looking at city-owned buildings and has identified a few that are in need of additional handicapped parking spots and sidewalk ramps.
Vessely explained that he is currently drafting the ADA compliance plan which he will then put into writing and submit to the state with a timeline and financial information, such as how to pay for the changes laid out over a two to three year period. Fortunately, the town shouldn’t have too many buildings that need modified as Vessely said many of them are already up to ADA code.
Vessely said he has also added some braille signage to restrooms in the community building.
Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry explained that the town is required to draft a plan to become compliant with ADA requirements, and then they will have to implement that plan as soon as possible. The deadline for a plan to be developed and submitted is Dec. 31, and any municipality that does not have their ADA plan implemented soon thereafter will be disqualified from receiving federal funds.