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Heritage Commission Approves Wheelchair Ramp, Back Yard Fence

Two requests for certificates of appropriateness were granted by the Ste. Genevieve Heritage Commission at its April 15 meeting.


Bobby Hamelback requested approval to place a wheelchair ramp, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, at the back of her home at 182 N. Fourth St. She explained that her husband uses a wheelchair and needs a ramp to enter and exit the house.

“It will not affect anything in the front view of the house,” she said. “The house will just remain the same.”

The wooden ramp will wrap around the car port that already stands behind the back porch.

Bobby Hamelback said the ramp will be removable.

“It is not fixed to the back of the house to where it cannot be removed,” she said. “It might be there for a long tome, but … it can be removed, yes.”

Bobby Hamelback said it could be painted if the commission wanted it painted. She said it would be treated lumber.


The commission looked at Don Doran’s request to put a four-foot tall chain link fence around the rear of  rental property he owns at 230 LaHaye Street.

Christina Rapp, Doran’s tenant, spoke in his behalf.

“It’s mainly for my dog and also to keep out the strays that seem to walk up and down the road constantly,” she said.

She also said the fence would not be around the entire back yard, “just a portion.”

Commission member LeeAnn Waldvogal asked if wooden fencing had been considered.

Rapp said the chain link fence “would look very nice in that neighborhood, compared to the chicken wire my neighbors all have going on.”

See complete story in the April 24 edition of the Herald.

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