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How easy is it to get around the Freeborn Co. gov't center?

How easy is it to get around the Freeborn Co. gov't center?

Posted: Wed Jul 11 05:02:46 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Jul 11 05:02:47 PDT 2018

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now to a story you'll see right here on daybreak... after a multi? million dollar addition was made to the freeborn county courthouse... a local man who used a wheel chair says the upgrades left out people who struggle to get around. buildings have accessibilty requirements through the american disability act... but the man says the government center doesn't do enough. live kimt news three's annalisa pardo joins us live in albert lea from the freeborn county government's center to explain./// good morning tyler and arielle, i'm standing at one of the two accessbile entrances to the freeborn county government's center. the county says the building is up to code, but one citizen says it's still not accessible. from almost every angle, the freeborn county government's building, simply put, is beautiful. but for people like steeve steele. it's horrible. the beauty isn't worth the pain of getting around the building in a wheelchair. which steeve sometimes uses for health reasons. the accessible problems for him ? start here. a lot of the doors aren't handicap accessible, you can't open the doors from a wheelchair. in 2017 ? the county got complaints about how hard the doors are to open. 4 of the 20 interior doors were found to be over the weight limit. nat according to the a?d?a you shouldn't have to exert more than 5 pounds of force to open them. county administrator thomas jensen says they were fixed. the one issue with the doors closing and the poundage, once we were made aware of it, we took the steps to rectify it. the county also received complaints of wicker tables in the bathroom, and removed them to give more space in the stalls. steele acknolwedges the changes but... they're still not doing a good job. steele says all bathrooms aren't accessible, like this one.where you open a door to a small room, and have to go to another door to get to the restroom. if you're in a wheelchair, you're not able to pull the door open, and it will stay open so you can get your wheelchair through. the county says they get accessability checks quarterly to make sure their building is up to standards. live in albert lea, annalisa pardo, kimt news three. there is also a parking issue when it comes to access to the government's center. we look into that in the next few minutes.
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