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Sidewalk issue has attention of Tampa councilman

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Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen wants answers about the sidewalk issue Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen wants answers about the sidewalk issue
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

A Tampa city councilman wants his own answers about a sidewalk issue after seeing a story on News Channel 8.

City Councilman Harry Cohen has picked up on our story about Kay Wessner.  Wessner moved into her South Tampa home just two years ago.  A sidewalk in front of her home was given approval at the time. 

This week, a city crew showed up in front of her home to remove a portion of the sidewalk and Wessner thought that was a waste of taxpayer money.

The head of construction services in Tampa says the accessibility ramp on the street corner presented a safety hazard and had to be removed because it was facing the street at the wrong angle.

"We may want to look at directing our resources at things that are higher on the priority list," says Harry Cohen. 

"The appearance from your story is it certainly didn't rise to the level of being anywhere near as critical of the lot of the other needs that city sidewalks have every day of every neighborhood of the city," Cohen said.

Brenda Ruehl is the director of Self Reliance Inc., and deals with accessibility issues and the American's with Disabilities Act on a frequent basis.

Ruehl says, "They had to do by regulation what they had to do and if there is a curb cut and it goes no where else, it does create a safety issue, but my question is, where are they putting the new curb cut for that section of the sidewalk?"

Ruehl is now concerned the sidewalk doesn't give any access to the street for someone with a disability.

Councilman Cohen says he plans to look into the issue.

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