Thursday Jun 30 2011
Chairlift installed at Veterans Hall
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
Lift to assist seniors and people with disabilities
After six long years, disabled veterans now have an easier way to access the dining hall at Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall. A chairlift was installed about a month ago to take members up and down the stairwell into the building’s basement. “This will be a tremendous help for the many seniors and those with disabilities that were unable to use the stairs to get to the basement dining room and kitchen for our functions,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1487 Commander Dave Ramsey. “We are looking forward to those veterans and auxiliary members that have been unable to use the facilities in the past that can now once again join us for our events and patriotic activities.” Senior Vice Commander Arthur Schmaltz — who served in the Vietnam War — said previously a person in a wheelchair had to wheel up the ramp at the front entrance, go through the building and around to the back door to enter the dining room. Now that person can go directly up and down the stairs thanks to the chairlift, which can carry up to 550 pounds. The lift has a built-in seat for people with walkers or trouble climbing stairs to use. “We’ve needed something like this for a long time,” Schmaltz said. “As you can guess, we have a lot more of a need for this (as vets get older).” The group relied on the help of former Placer County Supervisor Rocky Rockholm, before he left office, to secure funding for the project. “He did so much for the vets,” Ramsey said. “He (also) helped us get designated parking and signage.” Ramsey also credits John Schance, past commander of American Legion Post 169, as instrumental in securing the chairlift. Rockholm, who has two grandsons that recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, noted the importance of the lengthy chairlift project during a recent visit to Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall in Royer Park. “This was something that they really needed because some of the vets can’t do it anymore,” Rockholm said. “We ought to take care of the vets.” Sena Christian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.