Town Hall Better Than Ever With ADA Compliance
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 2, 2005
DEERING, NEW HAMPSHIRE--Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Deering's 1789 Town Hall is accessible to wheelchairs, has an all-new look, and is safer than ever.
"The fact that we were out of compliance was going to be an issue very soon," Town Clerk Nancy Cowan told the Union Leader. "We weren't in compliance with very many of the details at all."
"The people who have come to town hall that have been handicapped have been very, very patient in waiting for this. They've been wonderful," said the clerk of this small town of 1,950 residents.
Builders started work a year ago on the half-million dollar project to make the historic building accessible. They widened doorways, reinstalled railings in the right places, and even installed the town's first elevator.
In the process, they learned that the second floor was actually suspended from the roof rather than being held up from below, and that it was at risk of collapsing at any time.
[Editor's note: President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990, not 2000 as the Union Leader reports. - Dave]
"Deering Town Hall gets ADA compliant" (Union Leader)