© 2015 Luke T. Bush
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY – Aug. 7, 2015
A copy of the above image was recently emailed to me. The photo was taken by John Farley of NCCI
(North Country Center for Independence).
In a Press-Republican article published last Sunday
Plattburgh City Mayor Jim Calnon stated “The city had dropped the ball,” but would
do better with accessibility issues for the disabled community.
Really. NCCI had to
contact the city about the problem of the two porta-potties blocking part of
the handicap parking space for at the marina.
The city said it would fix it. I
haven’t verified whether the movable outhouses were relocated to a more
Even if the hindrance has been addressed the fact remains
that it shouldn’t have occurred in the first place. Does the accompanying image evince the city’s
efforts to do better?
To me it’s more arrogant ball dropping. The same thing that has been going on over
the last 25 years since the enactment of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities
Nothing else says second class treatment than blocking
access to the disabled community with a couple of shit shacks.
UPDATE: I just
learned that a private company is being blamed for the porta-potty screw
up. So the city doesn’t get all the
A city employee did see the problem and contacted the
private company to have the shit shacks relocated. Then he left for vacation without designating
someone to do a follow up to make sure they were moved. I’ve been told that as of 4:30 PM today the porta-problems
are still there.
Next time Plattsburgh City should hire a company that doesn’t
sit on its brains when using the throne.
UPDATE 2: Saturday,
8/8/15. Late this evening I visited the
marina area and the porta-potties were removed from the handicap parking
spot. Of course someone else had to screw up a good job.