Ozark applies for disability access funding

Published 04/02 2014 07:50PM

Updated 04/03 2014 07:59PM

The City of Ozark is continuing its efforts to revitalize its downtown area, while working to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"This fits right in to what we're doing downtown, the revitalization of downtown, the number of businesses that are moving to downtown,” said Mayor Billy Blackwell. “We want to make sure that those businesses are accessible to all of our residents,"

The Ozark City Council this week approved a resolution to apply for a federal grant to further those efforts.

They've already completed two other projects like this, including the installation of rails for those who need walking assistance. However, Mayor Blackwell says more ramps are needed. 

"All of our areas in town are not ADA accessible.  You may have to travel just a little ways to find a handicapped ramp, but this will make every area within a short distance ADA accessible," said Blackwell.

It would cost a total of $86,000.00.  The Federal Highway Administration would pick up 80% of the tab, paying $69,000.00.

The city would then pay the remaining $17,000.00.

"Construction would actually take place if we receive the grant.  This is just an application, so we're hoping that we're going to receive this," Blackwell said.

Mayor Blackwell says the city hopes to find out if the grant was approved sometime in June, and if so, the city will move forward with its planning and designing process by the first of next year.

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