FL. KEYS COUNCIL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2007
MARATHON REGIONAL SERVICE CENTER (STATE BLDG)
PRESENT: Michelle Wisniewski, Chairperson, Jim Malcolm, Vice-Chair,
Cindy McKnight, Stan Darczuk, Sandy Molina, Liaison/Secretary/Treasurer
GUESTS: Mayor Mario DiGennaro, Daniel Davenport, Marlene Steckley, Susanne
Imperato (McCutcheon), Glenna Machado
The meeting was called to order by the Chairperson, with a quorum present.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES for MAY 21, 2007 and the AGENDA for TODAY. The
May 21, 2007 meeting minutes were approved as written. The Agenda for this meeting
was approved with the following changes:
1. Cindy McKnight asked for approval of Roseanne Kutchum, Children Medical
Services, to be added to this Agenda, to tell about what they do. Michelle advised that
this item will go just before unfinished business.
2. Cindy McKnight also asked for approval of Add Marlene Steckley, Monroe County
Social Services, to be added to this Agenda, to tell about what they do. Michelle advised
that these presentations should be approximately 5 – 10 minutes each.
3. Michelle also added on “The importance of Monroe County recognizing the economic
value of being accessible to disabled tourists” to the Agenda, under New Business.
REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON: Michelle advised that so far everyone on the
Council has been reappointed for this year. She mentioned that Stan Darczuk’s term
expires in February, 2008. He is filling the remainder of Gary Lowe’s term, she advised
him to go to his Commissioner, at that time, to seek reappointment. She advised Cindy
McKnight that she will need to be reappointed in April, 2008. She advised Jimmy
Schmidt that he will need to be reappointed in November, 2008.
REPORT OF THE TREASURER: Sandy reported that the balance is $19,499.28, with
invoices that still need to be paid from the May 21, 2007 Conference.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF AWARDS: Michelle mentioned that John
King’s award will be given at the next Key West BOCC meeting in October. She
advised that we also have an award pending to Bill Gordon, Yes You Can. He has been
out of town. Michelle will try again to get in touch with him.
Michelle introduced Mayor Mario DiGennaro. Mayor DiGennaro mentioned that this
Council is doing a good job. He gave a brief report on issues facing Monroe County
ie.Wastewater and affordable housing. He advised that he will always be here for this
REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON ADA UPGRADES IN MONROE
JOHN KING, MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: No report
given at this meeting.
JIM MALCOLM, CITY OF KEY WEST ADA COORDINATOR: Jim Malcolm
reported that the City now has a new City Manager, Jim Scholl. Since Mr. Scholl walks
and bikes around he is very hopeful that Mr. Scholl will see things in a different way.
Jim reported that the City is moving forward in bringing their facilities into compliance.
He also reported that projects in the downtown area will be forthcoming. He reported
that Michelle pointed out that one of the Leased properties on Mallory Square has lost
their ramp access. Jim is compiling a report for Mr. Scholl so that he can see where the
City is as far as compliance is concerned.
MICHELLE WISNIEWSKI, REPORT ON PRESENTATION TO BOCC BY MARC
DUBIN: She reported that on behalf of this Council, Marc Dubin, Esq. gave a crisp 10
minute presentation on issues pertaining to our deaf and hard of hearing citizens to the
BOCC. He outlined the steps available to enable County Government to effectively
communicate with these citizens. This presentation and its discussion were, for the first
time, signed in American Sign Language via closed circuit televised link.
MICHELLE WISNIEWSKI, ASSN. FOR DISABLED AMERICANS ACTIONS: The
Association has recently won several landmark decisions in Federal Disability law.
They are concentrating on Key West because that is where most of the tourists are going,
saying that if they can sufficiently upgrade its disabled access, this will attract more
disabled tourists. They have also gone after a half dozen dentist so far for access to
professional offices. Handicapped parking spaces were discussed as to Code Enforcement
enforcing the use and maintenance of these spaces.
1. 17th ADA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT STANLEY SWITLIK SCHOOL,
MARATHON – CINDY McKNIGHT, STAN DARCZUK, and JIMMY SCHMIDT:
Cindy reported that she has set up a celebration which will bring awareness to the
disabled. She has invited many agencies that assist people with disabilities. There will
be free food, wherein Marine Bank is coming in with their grill for hotdogs. She has
planned activities for the children that involve the five senses (touch, smell, taste, sight).
She has also called around to get door prizes (Butterfly Conservatory, Museums, etc…).
She reported that Michelle will be speaking about the ADA, and the Proclamations will
be presented by the City of Marathon and Monroe County. Michelle thanked Cindy,
Stan and Jimmy for their hard work in getting this set up. Sandy mentioned that the
Keynoter has a great article in their paper regarding the ADA Anniversary Celebration
and passed around the article.
Cindy introduced her guest, Susanne McCutcheon, Children’s Medical Service in
Marathon. Susanne spoke about what her organization does for disabled children from
birth to the age of 18.
Cindy also introduced her guest, Marlene Steckley, Monroe County Social Services in
Marathon. Marlene spoke about what her Department does for the citizens on Monroe
County. She also spoke about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
1. ADA PROGRESS IN A TIME OF BUDGETARY CONSTRAINT – MAYOR
MARIO DiGENNARO: Mayor DiGennaro reported that not only was the Courthouse’s
in disrepair but also the County Attorney’s offices, the Marathon Library, and the Fire
House’s. He also stated that the infrastructure in Monroe County has dramatic problems.
Along with that, there are mandatory budget cuts. Michelle mentioned that the Overseas
Heritage Trail has been put on the hold since 2002. She reported that right now no one in
a wheelchair can get from one island to another safely. They can’t safely get to
businesses and she regularly sees wheelchairs out on US 1.
2. MONROE COUNTY MARKETING DISABLED ACCESS TO TOURISTS –
STAN DARCZUK, MICHELLE WISNIEWSKI, and MAYOR DIGENNARO: Harold
Wheeler, Director of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, will be invited
an upcoming meeting of this Council to discuss attracting disabled tourists here in order
to recoup the investment many Keys businesses have made in disabled access.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The next meeting will be held at 10:00AM on September 27,
2007, Marathon Regional Service Center (STATE BLDG), 2796 Overseas Highway,
AJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 AM.