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$262K to improve handicapped access
Council chambers may get new doors, improved slopes
Access doors to the Manteca City Council chambers may soon be replaced with new ones that meet current handicap accessed standards. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Upgrading access to the Manteca Council chambers to make it comply with current American Disabilities Act requirements may cost at least $262,627.

It is one of 13 projects the Manteca City Council may fund using $350,135 in federal revenue given to the city specifically to benefit low- to moderate-income residents.

The $262,627 would be spent to make the council chambers ADA complaint. It would also ensure access doors for the public are the proper size for new standards and can be opened automatically via a button at wheelchair level. The funds would also allow the city to evaluate and possibly improve the slope of the sidewalk leading up to the council chambers entrance.

The ADA project is in addition to work designed to replace the 25-year-old sound system and cable TV equipment that often times doesn’t operate properly to allow citizens to hear what is going on. Additional technology may be installed for use of tablets by council members and improved media presentation capabilities to allow the audience to see charts and such.

The council when they meet tonight at 7 o’clock at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St., will also consider spending $17,500 to rehabilitate and reconstruct the parking lot at the Give Every Child a Chance headquarters at 322 Sun West Place It will also include installing a handicap ramp. Some 2,415 Manteca residents, many who are low- to moderate-income, will benefit from the improvements according to a city staff report.

Other recommended expenditures include:

• $10,228 to cover Manteca’s contract with San Joaquin Fair Housing to pay for federally mandated enforcement of fair housing laws.

• $5,695 for the Manteca Parks and Recreation Department to provide low-income youth scholarships for various recreation programs. Some 94 youth are expected to benefit.

• $5,000 to pay for home modifications such as wheelchair ramps, hand-rails, door widening and such related to low- to moderate-income disabled residents’ housing needs.

$$2,000 to purchase produce for the Emergency Food Bank’s mobile farmer’s market that benefits 1,191 Manteca residents.

• $5,695 to help HOPE Family Shelters provide services to the homeless at three shelters.

• $5,695 to the San Joaquin County Meals on Wheels that provides meals to 43 homebound seniors age 60 and over in Manteca.

• $5,695 to the Second Harvest Food Bank to help cover the cost of food assistance programs.

• $2,500 to the South County Crisis Center to cover program costs.

$2,500 to help pay for benefits and salary of relief workers with the Women’s Center of San Joaquin’s Tracy office.

• $5,000 to LOVE Inc to assist those in need to pay to avoid shut-off of city water and sewer service.

The council is also expected to earmark $56,186 in federal housing funds to continue paying for residential building improvements for eligible Manteca homebuyers.