Making the grade with ADA

Print Article

  • LOREN BENOIT/Press Various Kootenai County downtown facilities are about to become more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA improvements include creating room for wheelchairs by altering the seating in courtrooms and remodeling jury boxes.

  • 1

    LOREN BENOIT/PressVarious Kootenai County facilities are about to become more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buildings that will be remodeled to meet ADA standards include the justice building, courthouse, juvenile justice center and the courtroom at the jail. Courtroom improvements will include creating room for wheelchairs by altering the seating, remodeling the jury boxes and installing a wheelchair lift if needed in one room for the judge to reach the bench.

  • LOREN BENOIT/Press Various Kootenai County downtown facilities are about to become more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA improvements include creating room for wheelchairs by altering the seating in courtrooms and remodeling jury boxes.

  • 1

    LOREN BENOIT/PressVarious Kootenai County facilities are about to become more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buildings that will be remodeled to meet ADA standards include the justice building, courthouse, juvenile justice center and the courtroom at the jail. Courtroom improvements will include creating room for wheelchairs by altering the seating, remodeling the jury boxes and installing a wheelchair lift if needed in one room for the judge to reach the bench.

"Right now we are accommodating (those in wheelchairs) any way we can, but in the future we can accommodate them the way they should be."

- Shawn Riley,

Kootenai County's building and grounds director

By BRIAN WALKER

Staff Writer

COEUR d'ALENE — Kootenai County's downtown facilities and the fairgrounds are about to become much more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

County commissioners approved a $411,000 contract with Ginno Construction to make ADA improvements to four buildings downtown and two parking lots.

In addition, the board earmarked $175,000 in the fiscal 2018 budget for building and ADA improvements at the fairgrounds.

"It's about accessibility and making reasonable accommodations for people," said Shawn Riley, the county's building and grounds director.

The downtown projects will start at the end of the month and take about a year to complete.

Buildings that will be remodeled to meet ADA standards include the justice building, courthouse, juvenile justice center and the courtroom at the jail.

"The majority of the improvements will be at the justice building and the courthouse," Riley said.

The projects include remodeling bathrooms, courtrooms, installing signage and striping parking lots between the court buildings and on the west end of the campus outside the records area.

Riley said the ADA standards changed dramatically in 2010 so it's time for the county to get caught up.

"The Department of Justice was here in September for a compliance review of all the court facilities," Riley said. "The feds want us to make the changes within 15 months, but we are going to shoot for 12."

The courtroom improvements will include creating room for wheelchairs by altering the seating, remodeling the jury boxes and installing a wheelchair lift if needed in one room for the judge to reach the bench.

"Right now we are accommodating (those in wheelchairs) any way we can, but in the future we can accommodate them the way they should be," Riley said. "We'll try to repurpose as many materials as we can to keep the cost down."

Riley said the county also continues to install ADA-compliant counters in the Administration Building.

Ginno was the only company to bid on the project, a sign of the busy construction times, Riley said.

"It didn't surprise me because everyone is so swamped," he said, adding the price was about what the county expected it would be.

Riley said the county will go out to bid on the evidence remodel project at the jail soon.

• Meanwhile, at the fairgrounds, a sidewalk with lighting from the food court to the grandstand will be constructed likely before the end of the year.

"Right now (those with disabilities) have to go to the north or south," Riley said. "This will be a straight shot to the grandstand."

A plan on how to spend the $175,000 on improvements at the fairgrounds will be presented to the commissioners on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

This year's budget included $100,000 for improvements, which included remodeled bathrooms in the grandstands, a remodel of Building 4 near an entry and an accessible ramp with cover to Building 3.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Witness osprey banding during July 7 cruise

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press The osprey is a fish-eating hawk commonly seen in North Idaho. At least 100 pairs annually nest in the Coeur d’Alene Lake region, including the lower reaches of the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers....

Comments

Read More

Body of Lyle Anderson found in forest

June 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Coeur d'Alene Press The body of a Hayden man reported missing June 10 was found Sunday on a forest trail in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest, reports the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Lyle O. Anderson was found ...

Comments

Read More

Warrants

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Here is this week’s list of suspected lawbreakers sought by Kootenai County police agencies and the sheriff’s office: FELONIES Dahms, Robert M., 52, transient, Bonner County, registered sex offen...

Comments

Read More

ON THE AGENDA: Your government and schools in action

June 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press This list of local government meetings taking place this week includes just highlights from published meeting agendas that are available. To view the complete agenda, visit the web addresses included...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X