Webster City seeks out public input on sidewalk, building accessibility compliance

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Tyler Anderson Shown above is a sidewalk located at West Twin Park in downtown Webster City. The City of Webster City is currently asking the general public for input regarding installation of handicap-accessible facilities, sidewalk repairs and infilling of sidewalk gaps.

When thinking of how to improve a town or a city, most tend to think of important things — filling potholes, fixing streets, having clean and safe neighborhoods with pleasant amenities and aspects necessary to a good quality of life.

One of the most underrated parts of the quality of life metric is how the sidewalks are maintained as well as easy access to public buildings.

With all of this information in mind, the City of Webster City is asking the general public for some priorities and feedback on necessary improvements on its sidewalks and access to public buildings.

Examples of improvements that “may be necessary” include the installation of handicap-accessible facilities, sidewalk repairs and infilling of sidewalk gaps.

City residents are encouraged to access the survey through a QR code, the city’s website and its Facebook page (facebook.com/cityofwebstercity).

Recently, city officials brought on Snyder & Associates to initiate a city-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) inventory to develop and update the ADA Transition Plan.

Snyder & Associates had completed its own site survey in Webster City and held a public information meeting on the subject.

According to City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, keeping the ADA Transition Plan current is a federal requirement.

“As part of the update, we have to engage the community and identify their priorities,” Ortiz-Hernandez said. “The goal is to reach as many people in the community as we can.”

The public survey invitation is available from now until April 15.

Just in case one can’t access the survey through their phone or computer, the city will host in-person survey assistance from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday at the Customer Service Counter at Fuller Hall Recreation Center, 625 Bank St. in Webster City.

There is another survey access point located at City Hall, 400 Second St. in Webster City.


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