The towns of Carbon, Harmony and Center Point recently signed documents from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in conjunction with the State of Indiana and the Department of Transportation to set plans in motion to get towns up to code.
The ADA required towns and cities to sign these documents by 2012. The documents allow for an inspection of the town according to ADA regulations. Should anything in the towns not be in compliance, the town councils will have to set up a plan to get the town up to code.
According to Eric Somheil, town attorney for Carbon, Center Point and Harmony, "The towns are appointing ADA coordinators, establishing grievance procedures and adopting accessibility guidelines for buildings and highway construction."
Somheil said, over time, studies will be done in the towns to determine if there are any changes that need to be made. Any changes that need to be made will have to come out of town funds.
According to Roy Smith, Center Point Town Council president, "This just gets the ball rolling to make sure we're where we need to be. We have to make sure everything is accessible."