Meeting with Bill Dabel, Thursday, Nov. 11-Noon Here
Wording of resolution-specifically how much money we want to include each year-see second to the last RESOLVED.
We may have to negotiate the number and the priority of the ramps.
Any suggestions, comments or criticisms would be appreciated.
WHEREAS, it is essential that in the design and/or modification of sidewalks, curbs, and railroad crossings, in the City of Berkeley, the problems of access to the growing numbers of physically handicapped persons be taken into consideration; and
WHEREAS, for the purposes of the resolution the physically handicapped are persons using wheelchairs, amputees, the blind, the disabled, the aged and all others physically incapable of negotiating the standard sidewalk curbs, substandard sidewalks and streets, and conventional railroad crossings.
WHEREAS, it is deemed in the public interest to provide safe facilities on all sidewalks, streets, curbs and railroad crossings in the City of Berkeley.
WHEREAS, for the purposes of this resolution facilitating circulation by the physically handicapped includes but is not limited to installation of curb ramps at street interesctions, and any other non typical sites commonly used as pedestrian passage ways, i.e. pedestrian crosswalks which are not at street intersections, pedestrian access and regress routes to parking areas and builings etc. owned or operated by the City of Berkeley. Curb ramps are to be built according to the design which has been reviewed and accepted by handicapped groups in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and the City Engineer in Berkeley which is on file with the Director of Public Works.
WHEREAS, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is required by law and will provide for facilities for the handicapped in the transit stations in the City of Berkeley; and
WHEREAS, all buildings open to the public which are constructed in the future are required by law to provide for facilities for the handicapped; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: that the City Council hereby declares as its policy that all streets, curbs, sidewalks, and railroad crossings in the City of Berkeley be designed, constructed and/or modified to facilitate circulation of handicapped persons. Including but not limited to the installation of wheelchair curb ramps at street intersections and any other non-typical sites commonly used by the general public as pedestrian passageways, i.e. pedestrian crosswalks which are not at street intersections, pedestrian access and regress routes to parking areas and buildings owned or operated by the City of Berkeley, etc.
FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Director of Public Works is hereby authorized and directed to immediately implement the herein declared policy of the City Council. It is the intent of the City Council in declaring its policy to have the work performed whenever the City undertakes new or remedial construction involving streets and sidewalks at intersections, and any other non-typical sites commonly used as pedestrian passageways, i.e. pedestrian crosswalks which are not at street intersections, pedestrian access and regress routes to parking areas and buildings, etc. owned or operated by the City of Berkeley, etc.
FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Director of Public Works is hereby authorized and directed to earmark a sum of money as part of the Department's budget for the specific purpose of installing curb ramps at sites which will be (or are) not affected by new construction within a reasonable period of time. Such sites will be (or are) those street intersections and other pedestrian passageways which may be designated and requested from time to time by the Rolling Quads, The Center for Independent Living and/or other physically handicapped groups in the City of Berkeley.
FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Pacific Telephone Company is urged to in install telephone accommocations in the major commercial areas of the City for the convenient use of physically handicapped persons.