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March 19, 2014

Miami council faces ADA compliance issues with city pool

MIAMI, Okla. — The Miami City Council tabled a vote on repairs to what is called a speed slide at the city’s swimming pool after an inspection report cited compliance issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In his report to the council, Don Paddock, Paddock Enterprises president, said his company’s inspection cited multiple problems with the 20,000-square-foot water park.

“There are ADA problems in all of the buildings and the parking lot,” he said at the council’s session Tuesday night. “All of the pool items aren’t compliant, which they should be fixed before opening. The base report is about six or seven pages long, but there are 26 pages of ADA compliance items. That’s a big issue.”

City Manager Jeff Bishop said that not all of the ADA compliance issues would need to be fixed before the pool’s Memorial Day opening.

“There are some repairs that we do need to make before we open,” Bishop said. “If we do too much work, we will have to bring the whole site into compliance immediately. Our most pressing concerns originally were the repairs to the yellow slide to attempt to have it back in operation this year or not, but we will be making some of the smaller repairs on the list.”

The city purchased the speed slide in 2006 for $400,000. The slide was closed during the 2013 season because of leakage causing rust to the structure. The estimated cost for repairing the slide that was presented to the council on Feb. 25 is $9,100, which will be revisited by the council at its March 25 meeting.

Bishop said he is aware of other municipalities facing similar issues with ADA compliance because of updates to the law.

In 2012, nearly 38,000 people visited the municipal swimming pool. The pool employs 53 people during the operating months.

Bishop said the council is not currently considering a complete renovation to the pool.

“The larger issues we are going to kick back down the road a bit, but at some point in time, you will probably be faced with how much do you reinvest into the facility and is it worth the reinvestment,” Bishop said. “At what point is it no longer cost-effective to do that? That’s a difficult question to ask in Miami.”

Public hearing

MAYOR RUDY SCHULTZ said the council will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, concerning changes to the aging traffic lights at several intersections. “Due to public confusion on what could be removed as far as lights, we want to make sure that the public is informed and has a chance to address their concerns to the council,” Schultz said.

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