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Dear Editor,

I haven’t a clue who Bill Shilling is and have never met him, although I frequent Black Bridge Brewery (BBB) as well as most of the other eating/drinking establishments in downtown Kingman.

However, I am told he is a city official either directly or through contract. As a result, his letter to the editor of The Standard should be considered a standards of conduct violation and the citizens of Kingman should expect to see disciplinary action taken. At the very least, Mr. Shilling has abused his discretionary authority as a public authority. He is not a common citizen; he is a public employee.

Further, the Editor of The Standard is remiss in publishing Mr. Shilling’s letter. Not only for the reasons above but for the lack of substantiating material provided. The first amendment right to freedom of speech is intended to protect the citizenry from suppression of speech against the government; not to protect government officials from making unsubstantiated accusations against the citizenry/businessmen.

In his letter to the Editor Mr. Shilling accuses/alleges Timothy Blake Schritter of the following:

  1. He (Tim) pulled the wool over their eyes (The Rotary Group) to be named citizen of the month.
    This statement makes one wonder how many Rotarians feel fleeced and how/when/where Mr. Schritter managed to accomplish the alleged deception.
  2. Tim’s business does not meet ADA standards.
    Mr. Shilling is speaking about the “Americans With Disabilities” act; not American Dental Association. However, he fails to provide any details. I will say more about this below. Readers should understand when BBB was issued its business license, nearly six years ago, Bill Shilling was part and parcel of the process. He was the city’s agent who helped the City Manager inspect and determine compliance with the “Americans With Disabilities” act. Is Mr, Shilling indicting himself, the City Manager or the process.
  3. Shilling has asked BBB (Tim) to make accessibility changes and Tim made light of the request. When, what, where? Was it before or after the issue of the license and what documents the circumstances and request?
  4. “Tim's business has done well downtown, sometimes with no regard for nothing more than a buck.” Last time I checked, the goal of business was to make money. If BBB makes money it is because they provide goods and services the market (public) desires at a price they are willing to pay. I’m not sure what Mr. Shilling thinks the transgression is. Perhaps he thinks Tim Should give his product away..
  5. Mr. Shilling abuses his discretionary authority by threatening action against BBB through the Attorney General’s office and casts aspersions against his character by comparing him to his parents.
    Once again Shilling fails to provide any objective information about the grounds the AG is to proceed on, or how Tim’s character fails when measured against his parents.

I don’t know Tim’s parents any more than I know Mr. Shilling, but I have a suspicion they are not impressed with Shilling’s libel.

With respect to accessibility at Black Bridge Brewery:
I am a retired Navy Officer (a veteran of 23 years). I am disabled by a rare neuromuscular disease known as CIDP.   I am still able to walk short distances, but require a motorized wheel chair for more than that. I frequent downtown Kingman eating and drinking establishments 2-3 nights a week and I’m fairly well known at those establishments. I moved to Kingman in Nov 2013. In all that time I have never met Bill Shilling. Although I have been in a wheelchair since 2006 I am not an authority on the content of the ADA act (1990), I do know it was composed before the proliferation of the modern motorized wheelchair. I have a 480 pound motorized chair that is comfortable and maneuverable it provides my independence. However, because the undercarriage is only 2 inch above the ground it cannot clear a 2 inch threshold or a ramp that rises 2 inch across the wheel base; the technology for these chairs didn’t exist in 1990. My previous chair was 2006 vintage and had similar restrictions but the wheel base was shorter. I am independent and can’t safely use my kitchen alone. Therefore, I eat out and socialize frequently. As a result, I’ve become pretty good at accessing facilities.

To begin with accessibility downtown Kingman is poor. The number, frequency, location of handicapped parking spaces and ramps to the sidewalk is inadequate. During public events, most of the existing handicapped parking spaces are blocked off. In addition, business licenses are being issued to far less accessible establishments than BBB.
Black Bridge Brewery is one of the most accessible businesses in downtown Kingman! The bathroom is accessible by either motorized or manual chairs. The staff (and clients) will hasten to clear space and rearrange tables (as necessary) to accommodate. Given the lack of handicapped parking spaces on Beale Street, the easiest access to BBB is through the patio at the rear of the establishment. The city lot at the NW corner of 5th and Oak has 2 handicapped parking spaces and it is a short distance from this lot to a cement ramp into the patio that serves both BBB and Siren’s. Access through the front door is simple for a manual chair, but difficult for a motorized chair. However, on Beale one must load and unload the chair in a standard parking space; proceed, without protection, to the corner of 5th and Beale or a small lot on the N side of Beale across from Floyd’s to gain access to the sidewalk.

For reasons of safety I choose entry through the patio and have no problem with ACCESSIBILITY at Black Bridge Brewery.

Rehe E Ruesch

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