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   Posted 8/17/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I just went to the post office.  I live in a small town and the building is about 100 years old.  I stopped selling on E-bay because the gazillion steps to the door were steep and I couldn't carry bags of stuff up them anymore.  So....they finally put in a handicap ramp.  I could not believe it.  It is cement and is half the length of this giant building....then turns at a 180 degree angle and runs up an entire flight and the last leg of it is as long as the first one....if you know what I mean.  No way could anyone in a wheel chair or walker get up this landing or space to turn a wheel chair.  Oh, and the stairs are blocked off because they are re-doing them.  It was like climbing Mount Whitney.  There was this poor old man in front of me who kept saying 'I can't believe this...this is soooo stupid' as he gasped for breath.
Oh yes...My tax dollars at work for another loser project!
Just ranting and raving...we pay more taxes in this county than anywhere else in the State at the moment and I'd like to see one improvement that is worth it.  (They just tore down a McDonalds to move it four feet closer to the road...what a waste...)
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   Posted 8/17/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
The skate board group will LOVE this!  Sound like you need a covered escalator.  That would work!  It would never happen but it would work!
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   Posted 8/17/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
idea That's crazy. Where were the planning experts who know about handicapped accessibility? Aren't there standards that have to be followed for handicapped access? If you can find info about that online, I wonder if you could prompt a change if it doesn't meet those standards. I'm sorry about it - it just seems like such a waste of money and time - and no one is the better for it except maybe the contractors.
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   Posted 8/17/2010 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Vesta,
I know where you mean. I seen the dust the guys cutting the blocks in front of the post office were making.
I usually go to Dunkie Donuts in Oswego and they just did a remodel down there....put in this horrible dark
cherry wood, it is soooo depressing. I don't like the color as it always reminds me of a casket (don't know why,
it just does). I'm supposed to get city water next year and now I hear if I want it I have to pay a contractor to put
the lines in to the tune of thousands. And even if we don't get it put in there is a $350 fee added to our taxes every
year. I must have missed the fine print. Have a good one and take care with those steps.
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   Posted 8/18/2010 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna, I can totally understand what you are saying about improvement projects that arent an improvement at all. I have seen it many times where I live. You just shake your head around here and think where were their heads when they thought this one up. lol
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   Posted 8/18/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like someone did not follow the Americans With Disabilities Act guidelines. The idea of a ramp is to help people not make it more difficult.
When we owned apartments we had to comply with very specific rules for making our project accessable to all.
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   Posted 8/18/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, it just seems that the almighty dollar is the reason for everything, and if "collateral damage" (regular people) are inconvenienced or even hurt, oh well, that's the cost of doing business. The greedy are getting more and more bold.
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