This year the city installed five hydraulic lifts so individuals in wheelchairs can independently get into the pools. Mikowychok said four more will be installed next year. He said aluminum ramps also are being installed over steps at pools as a temporary improvement to assist handicapped visitors.

Mikowychok said the city has not been fined for failing to meet all federal ADA requirements at its pools. He said all public entities were supposed to complete their retrofits to comply with ADA requirements by 1995.

“We have not had a suit filed against us,” said Mikowychok,

“We got lucky,” added Dougherty.

The parks director said the biggest challenge will be retrofitting restroom and shower areas in bathhouses at the pools.

Lights in the Parkway

Lights in the Parkway and other special events now are under the jurisdiction of the city’s parks and recreation department.

Next week the city will hire a new special projects manager who will work in the parks department. Mikowychok declined to name that individual Thursday night.

Schweyer wanted to know why the budget for Lights in the Parkway is about $10,000 less for 2014, after years of that budget increasing or staying about the same.

He asked if the annual Christmas season display will be “just as bright and twinkly,” then added he lives in the Parkway and “you can get rid of it for all I care.”

Mikowychok and Holtzman explained the money will be saved by swapping out some Lights in the Parkway displays that are no longer used by the city for new displays with Rileighs Outdoor Decor in Bethlehem.

Next week the city will hire a new special projects manager who will work in the parks department. Mikowychok declined to name that individual Thursday night.