Improved accessibility considered for Waverley Hotel in Cumberland

Conner Copeman and Waverley Hotel owner Don McClellan hope to improve wheelchair accessibility at the front of The Wave.

Councillor-elect Conner Copeman and Waverley Hotel owner Don McClellan hope to improve wheelchair accessibility at the front of The Wave in the near future.

Appearing before Cumberland council Monday, Copeman hopes to seek grant funding to enable a no- or low-cost project, on which he suggests working with Village staff.

The work would involve modifying the curb and slope of the sidewalk.

Calling it a “positive project,” Copeman hopes the Village will provide a letter of recommendation to help secure grant money.

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Mayor Fred Bates, in his final meeting, expressed gratitude for being allowing to serve the village the past 15 years. While council has not always agreed on issues, Bates is confident the newly elected council will continue to work for the betterment of Cumberland.

Coun. Leslie Baird will replace Bates as mayor.

The inaugural meeting of the new council is Monday at 5:30 p.m.