June 13 2017

Selectmen Approved Use of Disability Access Commission Funds

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Board of Selectmen approved two 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 use of the funds requires the approval of DAC and the Board of Selectmen.  


The first request was to spend $3,074 to cover the difference in cost between standard portable restroom units and handicap accessible portable restroom units at recreational fields, playgrounds and events across town. The request was made on behalf of the Burlington Recreation Department.


The second request was $1,897.43 to upkeep and maintain the town’s AutoMARK voting machine that makes voting easier for people with sensory disabilities.


“Anyone can use it but it is designed for people with disabilities,” Mazzocca, who is blind, said. “For me, I can go and vote not only independently but also privately.”


The board approved both requests unanimously. Vice Chair Joe Morandi complemented Mazzocca on all the work she does for people with disabilities in town.


“I just want to say that I’m amazed by what you do so I want to say thank you,” he said.


“Thank you,” Mazzocca replied. “It’s not just me but the whole commission.”


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