Civic group plans addition to town hall

February 20, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

The Crofton Civic Association will spend up to $2,000 on blueprints for an addition to Town Hall that will make it more accessible to handicapped people.

The move brings the association one step closer to complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act and will give the group a permanent place for monthly meetings.

The deadline for public buildings to be in compliance with the federal law is more than a year past. Without the addition, the board is forced to hold its meetings in a nearby elementary school or other handicapped-accessible buildings.

The idea of building an addition -- which could cost up to $70,000 -- has been a hot topic in the special tax district, which raises it's own tax money for certain services in the community.

"There's a number of people who don't want to pay any additional taxes," said Barbara Swann, town manager. "There's a number of people that feel that as long as we meet the ADA requirements -- which we are by holding the meetings outside of this building -- there is no need to put an addition on and spend that kind of money."

At $70,000, the addition and its maintenance expenses would cost each household $4.62 a year for 30 years and $1.87 annually after the debt is paid off.

Ms. Swann said the addition -- which will be the size of a meeting room -- also could be used by the Crofton Association of Retired Persons, and it would allow disabled people to attend meetings of other groups that now use the basement conference room.

Civic Association President Edwin F. Dosek said he doesn't know when the blueprints could be ready, and the board has only begun discussing how it will pay for the addition.

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