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City Responds To Citizen Concerns
June 14, 2004

BUCYRUS, OHIO--People in the small town of Bucyrus are safer because of advocacy efforts by concerned citizens, and the city government that is working to address accessibility problems.

Saturday's Telegraph-Forum included a brief story about wheelchair activist Carolyn Ann Smith, whose group, Support Unlimited, advises the city on places where public access has not been addressed.

Most recently, the city had street crews grind down the road surface at six crossings where paving crews had laid down too much asphalt.

"We just pointed out things people (who are) not physically challenged aren't aware of," Smith said. "Sometime two inches on a ramp can mean everything."

The city has also responded by adding accommodations for people with disabilities at park shelters, and is getting ready to start work on making the park's restrooms accessible.

"City takes citizen's suggestions" (Telegraph-Forum)


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