The Accessibility Advisory Committee has raised concerns that the current council chambers are accessible, and that moving or renovating the chambers would bring them up to code.
General Manager of Infrastructure and Engineering Services Thomas Kelly says there’s a lot of room for improvement.
“Some of the changes that the committee brought up was better accessible seating, more accessible ramp, which is currently steeper than the current code, options such as speaking at the podium, some of the wheelchair parking, and they talked about some improvements for the hearing impaired.”
Kelly says the horseshoe design of council chambers can make it difficult for those with hearing loss to read lips. He says seating in the viewing area could be more flexible to create more options for use, such as committee meetings or conferences.
Council has asked administration for an architectural report on the matter to see break down the individual costs of each recommendation.