City will investigate Accessible and Visitable housing

Photo: Mayor Bruce Lantz, left, hands Ray Archambeault two proclamations for the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Committee – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

City Council announced on Monday that May 29th will be Access Awareness Day.

The Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Committee will be partnering with the BC Social Planning and Research Committee and Measuring up the North, to bring awareness on accessibility within the community.

Lori Slater was going to receive the proclamation from Council, but was unable to attend due to a health problem. So, her friend Ray Archambeault received it on her behalf.

Meanwhile, Larry Evans prepared an unrelated Accessible and Visitable housing presentation to council. He attended a conference from April 6th-8th, on creating universally designed, healthy sustainable communities.

He said he would like to see Fort St. John adopt a universal building code, so homes could be more accessible for everyone.

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His presentation included ideas ranging from a no-step garage to increasing the size of a five foot by eight foot bathroom to 5 feet by 9 and a half feet.

He says people that are thinking of building a home should think about the future. He says perhaps a family member would become disabled, or your child would become friends with a child in a wheelchair.

He says every home should be equipped with at least one wheelchair accessible entrance. Evans says it’s important to think about these possible circumstances, because no one should have to move due to a disability.

Councilor Christensen says he likes the idea of being prepared.

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The city will begin looking at options to make homes in the area more accessible.

Council also announced that June 14th will be Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Day.

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