It could be in place by the second council meeting in March, according to Amy Turner, chief deputy city clerk. But she added the city hasn’t established a procedure yet on how residents can borrow and use the receivers and earbuds. The request to have hearing devices came last month from Charles Ozenghar of West Covina. Ozenghar, who owns a business in Covina, just finished jury duty where he saw the devices. “I asked why \ couldn’t have hearing aids available at council meetings,” he said. The council announced buying the system at the Feb. 6 meeting, and Ozenghar thanked them. COVINA – Residents may soon be able to borrow a receiver and an earpiece at city meetings if they need it. After a businessman’s request, Covina paid $1,300 to Agape Sight n’ Sound in Chino for a Williams Sound Assistive Listening System, which includes a rack-mounted amplification transmission unit, four battery-powered receivers, four individual earbuds and the cost of installation. “It’s a system that plugs into the sound system itself. As the voice comes into the system, it transmits it wireless through the receiver,” said Public Works Director Steve Henley. He expects the system to be delivered and installed by the end of the month. But Ozenghar might not even get to use it since he just ordered a new hearing aid. His current hearing aid has been working off and on. Ozenghar had asked council members several times before to speak into the microphones because he couldn’t hear what they were saying. “When I asked the question in the past, they’d say don’t sit in the middle but in the front row. That’s not the answer,” he said. City officials said Ozenghar’s request is the first the city received asking for special accommodation for the hearing impaired. To comply with the American with Disabilities Act, cities must accommodate the needs of people with hearing or vision impairments who want to participate in meetings, programs or other activities. Pasadena and Whittier have offered devices to the hearing impaired for years. “We have a box of them at the front desk,” said Nancy Mendez, Whittier assistant city manager. The battery-operated headsets only work in the council chambers. “And we’ve never had loss problems because they don’t work anywhere else,” she said. Mendez said the system was first installed 15 years ago. Pasadena has had the system for 15 years, according to city spokeswoman Ann Erdman. “It’s kind of like an old-fashioned Walkman. They have little earpieces. People can request it in advance or they can ask for it that evening,” Erdman said, adding that they would prefer people ask for it in advance. Not all cities have the listening systems. “Our council chambers are pretty small. There is amplification in that room which seems adequate,” said Culver Heaton, assistant city manager in Glendora. “We’ve never had a complaint.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!