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Accessibility in city OK
The city of Brunswick says almost all municipal buildings are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the ones that aren't only require minor renovations.

City compliance with federal ADA requirements is a far cry from where Glynn County stands today. The county, under pressure from the U.S. Justice Department, could find itself spending $2 million or more to bring all its facilities in line with ADA mandates.

The situation in the city is much less dire, said City Manager Bill Weeks.

Because the city owns fewer public buildings, it hasn't faced the same challenges. Brunswick's two main administrative buildings, Old City Hall, 1229 Newcastle St., and City Hall, 901 Gloucester St., are compliant with the act.

Amended in 2009, the act now requires public buildings to be accessible to the handicapped and disabled through proper wheelchair ramps, handicap designated parking spaces and accessible bathrooms, among other accommodations.

Weeks said the two city halls were brought up to date when remodeled.

"Most of it was in the design of the renovation work, like when they renovated Old City Hall, they put an elevator in," Weeks said.

That leaves the city's two recreation buildings - Roosevelt Lawrence Community Center at 1109 H St. and the Roosevelt Harris Multipurpose Center at 2007 I St. Renovations to the community centers will require minimal work, Weeks said. About $100,000 from the Special Local Option Sales Tax 5 has been budgeted for the work.

* Reporter Nikki Wiley writes about government, business and other local topics. Contact her at nwiley@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 321.



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