The state of our sidewalks has been a topic of concern and discussion for at least the past two decades. For almost two years now, the Common Council Legal Committee has been working on legislation to effect improvements to sidewalks throughout the city. It was set aside to focus on short term rental regulations, but now it is likely to be front and center once again. Needless to say, the sidewalks present a huge problem for ADA compliance in the city.
On Monday, it was announced on the City of Hudson website that the City was hired the architectural firm of Hyman Hayes Associates to audit the sidewalks "to ensure accessibility." Not all of the sidewalks will be evaluated. The audit will be limited to "sidewalks between key areas of service." The key areas of service are defined in this way:
The sidewalk audit will review sidewalks between Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Promenade Hill Park, City Hall, the Youth Center, the Senior Center, Oakdale Park, the Central Fire Station, and the Police Station. The audit will report on sidewalk and curb ramp barriers and will list the location of the barrier, the barrier, and how the barrier is not in compliance with ADA standards.The audit is required by the October 2019 settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the City of Hudson as a consequence of the lawsuit that was brought against the City. To read the entire announcement about the audit from the mayor's office, click here.