Happy New Year, come what may. (May God protect you and yours and all that take to the streets of Jefferson from the many dangers that await you at almost every turn around this otherwise wonderful historic city of ours.)
*** VISITOR INJURED BY FALL ; NOW ON HOSPICE***
Our happy new 2016 turned sad on 28 September. My wife, Anna,
stumbled on one of the many metal post ends sticking up on the sidewalk on Lafayette and fractured her hip. The injury combined with her dementia of two years has proven deadly. It has been three months since her fall; she can no longer stand, walk or eat on her own…hospice placed her on bed rest two weeks ago.
***DANGERS TO AVOID***
I do hope and pray that this new year turns out better for you. Here’s a word to the wise: If you are elderly , walk with a walker or are bound to a wheelchair, here are a few things to see and do around downtown Jefferson that you may want to avoid:
*If it would make you happy to enjoy the boat dock at the new boat ramp, avoid it.
* If you’d like to take in the beauty of the nature trail, avoid it.
*If you’d like to cross Polk Street to pay your water bill at the city office or visit the police
chief, avoid it.
* If you’d like to have lunch downtown after attending one of the churches near Lions Park, avoid it.
* If you’d like to push your loved one around Lions Park, avoid the park–you’ll run the risk of falling or toppling on five obstacles on the sidewalk that circles the park.
***POOR LIGHTING A BIG PROBLEM WHEN TAKING IN THE NIGHT LIFE***
Note: Poor lighting and uneven surfaces make it a risky proposition, especially if you are alone. The risks at night are obviously greater and deserve special attention, due to the many attractions available after dark.
*…You get the picture and probably have many other examples of how our 5-star city rates 3 stars at best when it comes to accessibility.
(This short list was evident after a brief ride in a wheelchair with a concerned city police officer’s assistance.)
***HUSBAND VOWS THAT HIS WIFE’S LOSSES WILL NOT BE IN VAIN***
I’m determined to make a difference for Jefferson as a new property owner and concerned citizen who will not let my wife’s losses be in vain. The city denies any responsibility or liability for the results of the incident that caused Anna to fall and injure her hip ,taking her mobility and quality of life from her, and me. (After waiting 30 days for the obstacles to be removed, I informed the police of my intentions and proceeded to grind off the pipe that caused her fall.) I then informed the city manager of situation. He took it from there and had several other like-obstacles removed on Walnut and on Polk near the barber shop. He also suggested that I submit a claim for my wife’s rehab expenses, which I did as soon as she was placed in Cypress Place on 8 November. On 13 December the claim was fully denied by the city’s insurance company.
***CLAIM FOR REHAB EXPENSES DENIED …”JEFFERSON IS NOT LIABLE ”***
Meanwhile I had been bragging about how Jefferson and it’s new city manager were “going to take responsibility for this unfortunate incident.” I also had even offered to donate funds to the city. Nonetheless, I still plan to donate funds, raise funds, seek grants, and promote awareness of the dangers that hinder Jefferson’s future and endanger those who meanwhile take to the streets.
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***TAKE A WHEELCHAIR RIDE TO SEE THEIR PERSPECTIVE***
Or, stop me when you see me “taking it to the streets” in Anna’s wheelchair or giving a ride to willing city officials who want to see first hand what challenged folks see from their perspective.
Together we can make a difference and take steps with the city to take the initiative to formulate a plan of action that seeks assessment assistance, prioritizes needed safety issue repairs, and is seeking estimates. Let’s get the funds together to fund the priority tasks so as to minimize the tax burden and management oversight.
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