February 28 2017

Selectmen Approve Use of Disability Access Commission Funds for a Variety of Projects

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Board of Selectmen approved four expenses from the Handicapped Parking Fine Funds on behalf of the Disability Access Commission (DAC) during the meeting Monday night.

DAC co-chair Maura Mazzocca was at the meeting to request the use of funds. The money for the fund is provided by tickets and fines given to people who illegally park in handicap spots.  


The first was $2,437 for an ongoing project with the Recreation Commission to increase accessibility in Burlington’s parks. The estimate cost of the project increased and this expenditure is in addition to $10,000 that was approved last year.


The second fund request as for $200 to pay for pizza for an Autism Awareness Night that will be held at 6 p.m. on April 2 at the Burlington Town Common. The event, which is being sponsored by the Recreation Department, is meant to bring awareness to individuals with autism.


Selectmen also approved $3,600 to help defray the costs of the Recreation Department’s horseback riding program for people with disabilities. The program gives people who would not otherwise being able to ride a horse a chance to do so by means of special saddles.

Finally the board approved the use of $5,000 for police details to crack down on the misuse of handicap parking spaces.


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