Library Seeking Input on Accessibility for Disabled

Library board asking residents to share suggestions.

In order to meet certain requirements as well as make the more accessible for patrons, the library board is turning to residents for suggestions, as reported by the Morton Grove Champion.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lists various standards for building designs in order to assist those with disabilities including wheelchair ramps and accessible routes. The library currently doesn’t meet certain accessibility code standards for those with disabilities.

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Priority areas include entrance and exits, as well as the Baxter Room where library board meetings and programs take place. 

Trustee Paul Berg told the Champion the committee was still researching the project.

“And we welcome all input — from the community, the board, employees,” he said. “The more comments, the better.”

To read the entire article, visit the Morton Grove Champion.

Pat Craig December 22, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Sherwin; What I have criticized was the seemingly continual negative tenor of your postings, not your right to post them. There are times when some things are over the top and demand criticism and there are times when things are done right and deserve praise. Case in point is the original subject of this thread. It is my contention that when a public body, such as the library board makes and effort to listen to the taxpayers and actually lowers the bite that such behavior should be encouraged with praise. Conversely, when a public body such as the Niles Township High School board raises the levy by 8+% for no other reason than to get every cent they can, they should be excoriated. The real story is the real story, my commentary is just that... commentary. My opinions are just that... opinions. Some agree, some disagree. I tend to be intolerant of fools and dishonesty.
Daniel Marconi December 22, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Mr. Kansoer; you might want to educate yourself on how public school funding occurs and how differently this is from an institution e.g. a Village or a Library. It might open your eyes and you might be a little more acceptable to their line of reasoning, but that would of course require a fair amount of objectivity on your part versus a "black and white" view of how taxes are collected on behalf of local jurisdictions.
Dan Goldberg December 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
The legislature hasn't addressed funding problems that have plagued the state's public schools for decades. Illinois’ current public school funding formula relies primarily on local property tax revenue within school districts to support local schools. Under the current scheme, approximately sixty percent of a district’s income is generated by local property taxes. Illinois state funds comprise only 28% of total public school funding, placing our state last nationally in terms of state contributions toward public education. Such extreme reliance on property taxes with the State’s reluctance to provide centralized funding is what has led to our problems. This means school boards and administrators are not asking for what they want, but end up increasing taxes to avoid not getting what they need. The schools in this state are operating with a broken system that no other local government should copy (and we're lucky some elements of government "get it" and haven't increased taxes). The best education for children that also doesn't break the back of their parents working more and spending less time with their kids while trying to keep their house is what's really important.
Lizzy T December 23, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Not informed Mr. Marconi? I beg to differ. In the spirit of the holidays I will forgive rude remarks. At least we agree that we should all work for a better future, but that is hard to do when one group of people keep clinging to a lost cause. In all I have read here since the library became an issue a year ago is what appears to be support of those who lost trying to poke at those who won to defend what has been reported to be at the very least, bad management. Maybe it is time to look at what is being accomplished now and stop casting dispersions? So, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
M. Kim Jr. December 23, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Maybe this Champion article tells more about what's happening at the library and the progress made there than those commenting here with bias viewpoints? A good read: http://mortongrove.suntimes.com/9603682-417/library-board-president-stays-positive-in-year-end-review.html


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