by Diane Tuazon
BIG SPRING - The City of Big Spring is taking steps to make city buildings compliant with federal standards. Some of the city's facilities currently do not make the grade when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Texas Civil Rights project filed a lawsuit against Big Spring last year claiming the City Hall, Municipal Auditorium, and City Pool failed to meet A.D.A standards.
"When the ramp was built outside city hall it was in compliance at the time, but now it's not and the greater of it is not correct," City Attorney Linda Sjogren, said.
Even with a ramp, some people say it can be difficult to get inside a building without assistance.
"It shouldn't be that way, I should just be able to roll in from the street," one concerned citizen said.
But after Wednesday night, all that will change. The ADA advisory committee met and decided to close the city's auditorium and pool so work can begin on fixing the problems. The commitee will pass all of its recommendations to the Big Spring City Council.
"We plan to put a telephone system. That will allow them to call for assistance," Sjogren said.
"The cost of the auditorium is going to be major, because it's an older building."