OREGON – The City Council is discussing options to make the Coliseum more accessible to the disabled.
Neither the lift nor the access to it meets Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, City engineer Corey Buck, of Willett, Hofmann & Associates told council members Tuesday.
Buck recommended calling the lift manufacturer to see whether it can be brought into compliance, rather than replaced, and Mayor Ken Williams asked him to look into it.
Buck also talked about installing an exterior ramp. One made of composite would cost about $125,000, while a concrete ramp would cost about $150,000, he said.
His drawing has the ramp on the north side of the Coliseum, which Williams feared might destroy its historic look.
Putting it on the south side, though, next to a handicapped parking spot in the municipal parking lot, might obstruct a water main that runs from the well house to Fourth Street, Street Superintendent Mike Bowers said.
Williams asked Buck whether the building, which is in the historic district, would qualify for ADA exemptions.
“I believe if you anything to it, you have to make it ADA compliant,” he said.