City seeks new wheelchair ramp

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON - Cannelton Common Councilman John Young III is looking for a contractor who can replace a wheelchair ramp at the city's boat ramp. Speaking at a regular council meeting Monday, he said he'd received complaints about a ramp that had deteriorated to the point "it was in bad shape." The city's park-and-recreation fund holds $2,000, he said, offering to seek estimates. Wheelchair users are traveling to Rocky Point or Rome to enter their boats, he explained. "These are residents and taxpayers," he noted. Mayor Smokey Graves and Councilwoman Kim Nugent suggested any new ramp be built farther from the river bank or of a material that could better withstand its "getting beat to death" by water.  Street Commissioner Charlie Davis urged that anyone considering a bid for the work to keep in mind federal standards for wheelchair access. 

Any contractors who are interested can contact the mayor's office at 547-8994, Young said, adding, "I'll try to get in touch with some."