February 13 2019

Selectmen Approve Use of Handicap Parking Funds

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Board of Selectmen approved the use of funds from the Disability Access Commission’s (DAC) account that are garnered from fees paid by handicap parking offenders.


Burlington Veteran Services Director and DAC Coordinator Chris Hanafin Chris Hanafin said the commission was requesting the use of $5,000 to pay the Appellate Board for the work they do when tickets for handicap violations are appealed in court.


“Our office deals with appeals for parking tickets,” he said. “EAch one takes about 30 minutes to an hour and that is ‘out of office’ time for them.


Selectmen approved the use of the funds from the Handicap Parking Find Fund, which they oversee though its use is determined by DAC.


Selectmen also approved the use of $5,900 to support the Burlington Parks & Recreation’s Therapeutic Specialty Program.


As reported by BNEWS, in 2016 the Recreation Department launched the new initiative for people with disabilities. The program includes a horseback riding program for children who require either special saddles or extra help with riding.


The other program is for adults who have difficulty getting outside or out of town by coordinating trips and outings for them.


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