New lifts to make Hobart Community Pool ADA compliant

2013-03-25T19:45:00Z 2013-07-19T13:25:05Z New lifts to make Hobart Community Pool ADA compliantDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

HOBART | The city's Community Pool will be undergoing improvements to make it handicap accessible for the summer season, city officials said.

The Park Board will buy two lifts from Kenmark Lift Systems at a cost of $8,386, Park Board President Charlotte Sills said.

The new lifts allow a handicapped individual to sit down on the pool deck in the device and be set into the swimming pool, Parks Superintendent John Mitchell said.

"These are needed to make our pool in compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act requirements," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the lifts are expected to arrive in April, providing park staff enough time to install them before the beginning of the summer pool season.

In other business, the Park Board awarded a $1,200 contract to Thomas and Kimberly Stancato, of Portage, to operate the pool concession.

The contract is for three years, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the couple plan to keep the pool fare similar to what it had been.

The Park Board also approved giving a peddler's license to Aaron McLaughlin.

McLaughlin will be operating a hot dog cart at Festival Park near the fountain area, Sills said.

"He will take over for a former hot dog lady who was at that location," Sills said.

The park staff will begin sprucing and cleaning all the parks, Mitchell said.

"We will hit all the parks. All are in need of work," Mitchell said.

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