With a goal to improve handicap accessibility in the community, the Ottawa City Commission appointed nine people last week to its newly formed Accessibility Advisory Board.

The nine-member board would help the city prioritize Americans with Disabilities Act improvement projects throughout the city, which also would include intersections, Richard Nienstedt, city manager, said previously.  

“A community needs to be accessible to everyone,” he said.

The nine board members are:

• Three-year term: JoAnne Fluke, Rick Oglesby and Kyle Trendel.

• Two-year term: Cathy Patton, Jennifer Stanley and Cathy Summer.

• One-year term: Vivian Butler, Stacy Chandler and Chris Patton.

The board would perform such tasks as making recommendations to the city commission on matters related to accessibility, evaluating projects and activities, both public and private, and serving as advocates for residents with disabilities, among other duties.

City commissioners interviewed board candidates during the course of the past month before selecting the nine members at its meeting Wednesday night.

“We had some very good people apply, which made it difficult to narrow it down to these [nine appointees],” Blake Jorgensen, Ottawa mayor, said. “I want to thank everyone who applied.”