Report urges access for handicapped Committee targets county rec programs

March 26, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

A committee of the Carroll Recreation and Parks Advisory Board has recommended that all county recreation programs include provisions for the handicapped.

The Recreation and Parks Department should work to increase awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities, according a report from the Inclusive Recreational Programs committee.

The committee is chaired by board member Robin Farinholt. Members are department staffer Barbara Gundina and board member Tom DiMaggio.

The board will discuss the report at its next meeting, Chairman Clark Shaffer said Wednesday during a board meeting at Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center.

Also on Wednesday, Richard J. Soisson, acting department director, said the county commissioners are considering whether community coordinators for recreation councils should be official county employees.

Carroll has 15 coordinators who are paid $1,500 a year to organize recreation programs in their communities, he said. The county attorney and personnel director have recommended that the coordinators be made county employees to comply with the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act, he said.

The change would mean the coordinators would be covered by the county's liability insurance and would have taxes taken from their paychecks, he said.

Their pay would not change, he said.

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