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Mt. Juliet Flower Pot Creates Dangerous Situation

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by Chris Conte

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - City officials in Mt. Juliet accidentally created a safety problem along one city sidewalk after a massive flower pot was installed right in the center of a pedestrian walkway.

"I really was kind of dumbfounded as to why someone would put that kind of barrier in the middle of a walkway," said Martha Lafferty, legal director for the Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee after she saw the arrangement.

The flower pot was put in by city officials as part of a larger project to help beautify city streets, but by placing it in the center of a sidewalk, advocates said it could have created major issues for anyone in a wheelchair or who is visually impaired.

"Imagine somebody in a large power chair, they would have to be able to turn the chair and get around that, it's not as easy as it sounds. It's really hard to live in the world if you can't walk down the sidewalk," Lafferty added.

Federal law requires all public sidewalks be accessible to anyone with disabilities. Lafferty realized this wasn't done maliciously, but said people often over look the needs of people with disabilities when planning major public projects.

"It just doesn't need to be there," she said.

NewsChannel 5 told Mt. Juliet city officials about the issue on Tuesday and crews quickly worked to move the flower pot to a safer section of sidewalk.

"We did something unintentionally that could've hampered somebody else's way of life," said city manager Kenny Martin.

"For those city's that are out there trying to do things, really walk it through, think it through step back look at it from every angle," he added.

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