By Barb McKay
Kincardine has come a long way in terms of accessibility, but there is still work to be done, says Ruth Mahood.
The chair of Kincardine’s accessibility advisory committee attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to provide an update on what measures have been taken recently to improve accessibility in the community and also present a wish list of project that should be undertaken.
“I’m pleased to see that in the three years since I joined the committee I’ve seen a difference,” Mahood said. “People have greater accessibility and that’s a good feeling.”
That being said, she noted, there are gaps that need to be filled. The area around
Councillor Maureen Couture said she’s witnessed a number of seniors trying to navigate the gravel shoulder to reach the grocery store.
“I would heartedly agree with the need for a sidewalk at
Roger Cook, of Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit (SMART), a mobility transit organization that Kincardine belongs to, was in attendance to provide council with an update on the service and said
“Seniors at Trillium are eligible for this service; they shouldn’t feel like they need to walk,” he said.
Mahood said the pedestrian cross walk on
“We’ve had some near misses reported to us,” she said.
Also on the committee’s wish list are improvements at the Tiverton library to increase accessibility. Mahood pointed out that shelves are too high and close together for individuals who use wheelchairs and scooters and the washroom facilities are not accessible.
Deputy mayor Anne Eadie noted that before the municipality can commit to improvements at the Tiverton library, it needs to deal with upgrades to the Whitney Crawford Community Centre, which will be discussed at a special council meeting in the near future.
Mahood said the committee understands financial constraints and often encourages accessibility improvements when building upgrades are scheduled. At some point, making buildings completely accessible may be mandatory, she added.
“Down the road we can see accessibility being a legislated thing.”