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County officials looking for input as disability auditors finish report

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) – Johnson County officials will soon her back from an out-of-state auditor that has been inspecting county properties not compliant with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

The WT Group from Chicago has been inspecting county-owned properties since last fall, after the county’s Board of Supervisors asked them for help.

“We wanted to be on top of it,” Board Chair Lisa Green-Douglass said. “We serve our public. So, we wanted to get that done.”

The Department of Justice cited The City of Cedar Rapids in 2015 for similar infractions, finally clearing them in June.

County workers have been updating sites for years, though; like Kent Park, east of Tiffin.

“We had a member of the public who said, ‘I’ve been out there, I’m in a wheelchair and it’s not usable for me,'” Green-Douglass said.

The county added a wider, more accessible fishing pier a few years ago and now park-goers say it’s easier to get around.

“I think there’s a lot of examples here at Kent Park, where anybody with limited mobility could go to different sections of the park and really enjoy it,” Phillip Bennett of Iowa City said.

The county hosted one public input session Wednesday and will hold another Thursday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at its Health and Human Services building.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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