Commissioners Reject Capitol Lighting Plan To Avoid ADA
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 22, 2004
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA--Capitol Building Commissioners voted Tuesday to reject a plan for new lighting on the walkways connecting the east and west wings with the main structure, because they would then have to make them accessible.
The House of Delegates had wanted lights installed on the roofs of the second-story walkways so they could see better when they have night sessions.
According to a brief story in the Charleston Gazette, Commission members said new lights and posts would constitute a "substantial" upgrade, which would then mean the walkways would have to be made to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The 1990 federal law requires older public facilities to be made accessible to people with disabilities when undergoing substantial upgrades.
Commission member Donna Lipscomb told the panel that upgrading the walkways would require lifts, ramps and other structural changes which would cost an estimated $165,000.
"That was a nice try," said Troy Body, acting commissioner of the Division of Culture and History, "and that's the end of it."