Railings go up at the Hall

The Memorial Hall in New England has a new look to the front. Last week crews working on the elevator project put up the handicap railing that went up the ramp leading to the front doors. Ruth Fitterer, who has spearheaded the whole project, said that it took about a day and a half for the railing to be installed.

The railings for the handicap ramp went up at the Memorial Hall in New England last week. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)
The railings for the handicap ramp went up at the Memorial Hall in New England last week. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By COLE BENZ
Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Memorial Hall in New England has a new look to the front. Last week crews working on the elevator project put up the handicap railing that went up the ramp leading to the front doors. Ruth Fitterer, who has spearheaded the whole project, said that it took about a day and a half for the railing to be installed.

“It didn’t take them very long to do that,” Fitterer said.

On Tuesday, Fitterer spent time painting the new piece of hardware. The railing came standard without a coat of paint, so to match the rest of the building she was putting on a few coats of brown paint. Weather permitting the railing should be safe to the touch by the end of the week.

It’s another step closer to completing the project Fitterer has spent the last three years on.

Recently they have had to make some adjustments to the way they are aligning the doors. The doors wouldn’t fit the way it was originally laid out. So now, the handicap door will be installed on the south side of the building and anyone needing to use the handicap access can go right form the ramp, into the building and right to the elevator.

The north side of the building will have a matching door. Though that door will essentially not be used except in the event of an emergency.

“The two side doors will match up,” Fitterer said.

The doors have been ordered and are on site, but Fitterer wasn’t sure when the work would be completed, and that they needed to speak with representatives with the Roosevelt Custer group, the organization assisting the project in grant funding.

“As soon they ok it, then we’ll put the doors in,” Fitterer said.

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