LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Little Falls Township is in the process of adhering to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance for access to Inwood Park for individuals with disabilities, including roadside curbs at the intersection of Wilmore Road and First Avenue.
The two concerns were brought up at at the Feb.13 Township Council meeting by Arnold Korotkin, local resident, during the open public comment. He said the the issue of having ramp accessibility for Inwood Park had been raised before to council members stemming back to when Joanne Bergin was the township's business administrator.
"Instead there's a staircase built that was brought in with the wrong specifications and installed incorrectly," he said.
Korotkin then referenced a letter from Charles Cuccia, present business administrator, dated Oct. 17, 2016 to Sloan Farell, chief of the public civil rights division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, stating the township is "currently reviewing proposed accessibility improvements with a contractor, and that once the council received quotations for the work, it will review budgeting and proceed in accordance with its standards and procedures.
"What is the status of this review and when can the residents of Little Falls have a barrier-free Inwood Park with equal access for all?" Korotkin asked.
Dennis Lindsay, township engineer, responded stating that the township was in the process of reviewing pricing from a contractor.
"The weather came in and conditions weren't right and and as soon as we can, we'll work with to get pricing on that," Lindsey explained, adding that contractor was currently doing work at Morningside Circle.
Roadside curbing was also addressed with regard to Wilmore Road and First Avenue. Korotkin added that while the curb cut was cemented over, the ADA requirements include features called "detectable warnings," which consist of a series of small domes in contrasting colors with the surrounding sidewalk or street. according to regulation.
"They must be integrated into the walking surface, and there are specific measurements for the specific shape and size of the dome," Korotkin added. "A detectable warning alerts pedestrians who are blind or have low vision, that they need to stop and determine the nature of the hazard such as whether there is passing traffic before continuing on their way. I hope the town can correct the curb cut they repaired it incorrectly, according to ADA standards.
Phil Simone, Department of Public Works superintendent, responded that the concrete facing was done to the curbside so that there was no rough surface. He added that he met with the county engineer, who confirmed that the ADA compliant ramp that was installed there was correct in specifications and that replacing the torn mat, which has the detectable warnings, is in the process of being replaced.