Vince Haines, architect with PHKLS, assured the Educational Facilities Authority of Butler County the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex did meet all ADA requirements for handicap accessibility during their meeting this week.
The issue arose from e-mails and a letter to the editor in the El Dorado Times from a concerned resident.
Haines said the handicap strategy for the stadium did not call for accessibility to the center area, which is an exit.
“It is not required to be handicap accessible,” he said. “Other exits are.”
There also is decentralized handicap parking right across the street from the ticket booths, which also are near the handicap accessible entrances and ramps to each level. In addition, there is handicap seats on each terrace level, along with accessible restrooms.
Looking at the visitor side, that also is ADA accessible.
Haines said a person just needed to let an official know they wanted to get to the visitor side and they would be directed to accessible gates and routes.
While the facility meets all requirements, USD 490 Superintendent Sue Givens said they had talked in their management meetings about the different issues that have arose.
“A lot of it is we aren’t familiar enough with the facility and where handicap parking is,” she said. “We’re learning that. We need some signage to help get people directed to the right place.
“To me, as we discussed it, we went through the Planning Commission and had hearings on ADA compliance and the parking,” she continued. “As any new buildings, we need to learn to communicate better.”
Mayor Tom McKibban, Authority chair, said he also thought there needed to be more communication so the people directing traffic knew the handicap parking spots were not reserved.
Haines said there were a handful of handicap spots also in the north parking lot, and those do not have numbers on them and were never intended to be private spaces.
Authority member Leon Leachman asked if they had any responsibility if they ran out of handicap spots and he was told there isn’t any responsibility there because they have the required number available.
“It would have been nice if we had had an open discussion about it before it became a public issue,” McKibban said.
In other business, the Authority:
• heard an update on construction concerns.
Haines said he got pictures of the track where the college had found some debris in the track where the rubber had been put over the top and a few little issues. He said they will take care of it.
Page 2 of 2 - He also addressed a comment about the paint already rubbing off the track.
“That is common because that paint was placed on a freshly done track that still has aggregate that was loose,” Haines said. “Stripes wear noticeably the first year and after that they will stabilize.”
Another issue was cracks in concrete.
Haines said they had PEC come out and they brought structural engineers to look at the cracks. They assured them they were not structural issues and was caused by shrinkage.
“It’s hard to predict where it is going to crack,” Haines said. “They assured it is not a structural issue at all. The cracks in the home dressing room, albeit unsightly, have been repaired.”
He said that could be coated to make it look better if they chose to do that.
Looking at the issue with standing water, he said they are still looking for a solution and the best option may be to insert a trench like drain in the terraces.
One other issue was the locks on the restrooms which could be locked from the inside. Givens said they had their locksmith go in and correct those so they don’t lock from the inside.
• approved 4-0 the stadium emergency evacuation plan and public announcements policy.
• received and approved the operational manual for the stadium.
• heard the latest unofficial contract amount from Crossland for $10,411,683. There also are placeholders for things outside Crossland’s scope that total 47,622, which is not included in the $10.4 million amount.