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Village Still Reviewing Options on Graydon Pool Ramp

A final vote on bonding for a controversial handicap ramp at the municipal pool could be held on Wednesday.

Consensus on constructing a handicap ramp at Graydon Pool continues to be murky. The council could be formally accepting a $55,000 Bergen County grant to pay for the $95,000 project as early as Wednesday, though it may be delayed.

On Wednesday, speakers from both the Ridgewood disability community and the Preserve Graydon Coalition (PGC) sounded off to the governing body on their views of the project.

The council – which has looked at the issue for about 1 1/2 years – has tentatively selected "Option 3" as the design option to move forward with. "Option 3" has the ramp coming off the patio near the main lifeguard station and meets its end at about 24 inches of water. 

The council is taking a hard look at "Option 1," which would be "less conspicuous," shorter in length, closer to the pool, and require a smaller amount of concrete than "Option 3."

The further study of "Option 1" was not ready Wednesday night but should be complete within several week, Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser told the council.

Critics of the ramp project again took to the podium Wednesday, telling the council they felt it would ruin the aesthetics of the facility, was not cost-effective, would benefit comparably few residents, and added concrete to an area that's already flood-prone.

The village still needs to address the main entrance ramp into the facility before worrying about access within the grounds, resident Pat Hensley said.

Another resident, Laurie Howard, added she felt the options were inadequate for the disability community and were not examined thoroughly. A ramp doesn't need to be constructed to meet federal ADA standards by Jan. 2013, just a plan, she noted.

Proponents of the project said the process has taken years and would be a big step up in terms of ease of access, pointing out that an ADA expert who wrote a 42-page report had favorable comments to the designs submitted.

Another summer without handicap access is morally unacceptable, Mayor Paul Aronsohn and Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli have stated at public meetings.

Pucciarelli remarked Wednesday that they're continuing to develop plans to update all accessibility issues at the facility, not just the ramp.

The deputy mayor will not be attending the upcoming meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, so it very well could mean a final council vote is weeks away.

News Man October 08, 2012 at 12:05 PM
"The Further Study Plan", should never be resolved on please. It's best 50 year project that this town ever had. to not agree on. And will probably be going for another 50 years.
RdgwdGRock October 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
best plan is to close graydon
News Man October 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
"The Best Plan Is To Close Graydon" is the correct and appropriate decision to make. That of course would require going back to the drawing board again, again and again and designing a multi use and satisfactory plan that will finally satisfy the requirement of all public's needs
Long Time Resident October 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The best plan is to keep Graydon Open and operating as is. Unless of course your ready to write a check to cover the total cost of the grand plans you have for improving the facility Dom.
News Man October 09, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I have a substantial amount to contribute to "the project" but, without a plan/plans submitted as possible design, Graydon will continue to bleed the Village dry, never recover those 4,500 lost members nor open as a safe desirable facility. So, what comes first.... is question ? And so where is the RFP with possible design and financial alternatives? Without it the Village is stuck in the muddy waters of that 100 year old cattle pond of yesteryear. .
Long Time Resident October 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Give us an idea, by percentage, how much is substancial Dom. I think you have it a bit backwards. When your going to buy a home you don't make a list of what you want in the home, you make a list of what you can afford in a home based on your bank account and your ability to borrow and repay the loan.
News Man October 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
LTR your comment makes no sense here now and effectively closed out this topic and comment section. I'm not looking to buy a home here now...mine is paid for many times over. Editor James, should restart this topic after the next Council meeting. It's not going away and will keep coming back over and over again. Even during this next President's Election.discussion that smoothers all Patch posting
ann m October 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I agree
Long Time Resident October 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
OK Dom let me put it this way When your going to build a swimming facility you don't make a list of what you want in the swimming facility, you make a list of what you can afford in the swimming facility based on your bank account and your ability to borrow and repay the loan. Understand now?
News Man October 09, 2012 at 06:55 PM
LTR, you still don't get it. There is no plan on the table for discussion and therefore there are no alternatives for design and financial method solutions to be consided.. That's why the status quo is always the easy way out for the do nothing crowd.
Long Time Resident October 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Dom there is noplan because there is NO MONEY! I don't know how much clearer I can explain it.....You want to build something show me the MOINEY!
News Man October 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
"Show you the money"...why you, will you get the job done? I don't think so, you are just a faceless negative voice in the wind.
News Man October 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
See tonight's Council meeting .. appropriating $95,000 to upgrade a losing mud hole Graydon plan. What a waste. This is not good planning for the future of Graydon. Suggest this item not be voted on tonight, until a more comprehensive plan is submitted.
Christina June 09, 2013 at 01:46 AM
no it is not...graydon has history and is loved by many families, kids, and teens who love to go to this beach-like getaway on hot summer days!

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