The town of Star Valley town hall will soon be handicap accessible.
Starting in a few months, construction crews will begin work on installing a wheelchair lift and remodeling a bathroom to compliance.
Currently, anyone visiting town hall in a wheelchair must ring a bell for assistance since there is no ramp to access the front door.
Since the town purchased the space in April, it has been working to secure grant funding to make the necessary changes.
However, with all government funding, it takes a little bit of time, said Town Manager/Attorney Tim Grier.
“Since day one we have been working on this,” he said.
“Handicap accessibility is essential and I am very sensitive to those issues,” Grier added. After finding himself in a wheelchair for several months after being injured while working for the Forest Service years ago, Grier said he realized the importance of ramps and handicap parking.
The town initially considered installing a wheelchair ramp, but due to space, it would have taken up most of the parking lot.
“It would have been like a Disneyland line,” he said. Instead a $10,000 wheelchair lift will be installed.
The town applied for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds a little after buying the property, at 3655 E. Highway 260.
After several studies, everything is approved and ready to go, Grier said.
Funds for the remodel are expected to be approved by March 1 with construction starting soon after.
More than $70,000 in funding will go toward an electric wheelchair lift and bathroom remodel.
Funds will also cover a new roof, siding stain and possibly material to resurface the parking lot.