Portage la Prairie's City Hall has undergone some renovations to make the building more accessible and now they're focusing on making the second floor easier to get to.

City Councillor Joe Masi says they've awarded the second phase of the accessibility project to Ellwood McRorie Ltd. They, along with three other companies, submitted their proposals which are then graded based on price, relationship to the city, and other factors. They received a grade of 96.94 out of 100 and were also the cheapest proposal, costing $366,000.

"We're going to have a lift put in from the main floor to the second floor where the council chambers are," notes Masi. "This will help people who want to make presentations to council."

Masi adds that they'll receive $100,000 from the federal government to assist with the elevator. Other changes coming to City Hall include updating doorways so those with disabilities can enter easily as well as adding accessible washrooms.

"Work is tentatively going to start in July with a planned finish date of October 22," explains Masi. "During that time we'll have to relocate staff and City Hall will be closed because of the renovation. So our management team is looking at an alternate plan now to ensure we continue to serve the people of Portage. We're going to have to look at other council meeting locations, but just so people are aware there will be disruptions at City Hall."

Masi says in closing that they hope that this will inspire other businesses and organizations to look at ways to increase accessibility as well, leading to a more inclusive Portage.