Article – Wheelchair recharging station first at state capitol

The ribbon cutting Monday at the Oregon State Capitol won’t celebrate a new business or building, but rather a gray, metal box mounted to the wall.

A blue sign above the box explains all in large block print — “WHEELCHAIR CHARGING STATION” — illustrated with the symbol of a person in a wheelchair and an electrical plug.

Two Umatilla County residents — Darrin Umbarger and Sen. Bill Hansell, R- Athena — championed the charging station. Umbarger, the unit’s inventor, will participate in the ribbon cutting from his power wheelchair with Hansell at his side.