Accessibility concerns raised in Delburne

Written by ECA Review

Sharlee Anderson, a mother of three children living in Delburne, has brought up concerns about accessibility to council in a letter discussed during their regular July 18 council meeting.

Her youngest son played on the U11 team during the last baseball season. In her letter she said her family loved watching her youngest son play; however, it was not always possible for her entire family to come as her oldest son is in a wheelchair.

Anderson explained in her letter that the only way for her oldest son to access the top two diamonds and the concession is if they drive to the top and drop him off.

“That’s not always ideal when many kids and teams are already playing as it is a very tight space to turn the van around in between the diamonds,” Anderson said.

Council said they have plans in the future to make Delburne more accessible for the community.

At this moment, council has decided the best plan is to have Gary Rusaw, the public works foreman, meet with Anderson and decide together what the best course of action would be.

Anderson also mentioned that the doorway in the concession is too narrow and that people with a wheelchair couldn’t fit through it. Council decided it would be too dangerous to widen the entrance as it is on a slope which could be dangerous for someone in a wheelchair.

Kick it to the curb
Delburne resident Wanda Elliott wrote to council proposing a kick it to the curb event.

Kick it to the curb is an event where residents can dispose of unwanted items if they do not have the means to dispose of them themselves.

In her letter, Elliott said, “Some residents don’t have access to a vehicle that can bring items to the dump to get rid of them or extra money to pay someone to do it for them.”

Council agreed that having this event would be a good idea for the community. They are looking at planning it for springtime, possibly after the village-wide garage sale.

Security cameras
A young resident of Delburne wrote to council wanting to make sure that Delburne was going to be a safe community. He proposed that the village get more security cameras to help eliminate some crime.

Rupok Kundu Aditi (12) wrote to council explaining that he wants Delburne to be a safe community and that crime will be reduced by having cameras.

Mayor Tim Wilson wrote a response to Aditi, saying they have been installing security cameras around the village and are planning to install more.

Currently, the village has five security cameras.

Jessica Campbell
ECA Review



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