The City of Baxter is seeking public input and comments on the ADA Transition Plan for facilities located within the public right-of-way. Facilities covered by the transition plan include trails, sidewalks, pedestrian curb ramps and traffic control signals and devices. The draft plan is available for review and can be downloaded by following “Read More” link below. A public presentation of the draft plan will also be made at the at the November 21, 2017 Council Meeting at the Baxter City Hall.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 and is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability. ADA laws ensure individuals with disabilities cannot be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is making sure requirements and expectations of the ADA are being met at the local transportation system level. Any agency with greater than 50 employees or agencies receiving Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) funding must comply with the federal ADA rules and regulations.
ADA rules and regulations require the City of Baxter to develop and adopt an ADA Transition Plan for all pedestrian facilities located within the public right-of-way. These facilities include trails, sidewalks, pedestrian curb ramps, bus stops and traffic control devices/signals. The major components of the plan include:
- Conducting a self-evaluation of current policies, practices, programs and existing facilities located within the public right-of-way.
- Developing policies addressing accessible pedestrian design, establishment of ADA design standards and an outline of procedures to address accessibility improvement requests from the public.
- Developing a plan methodology and improvement schedule addressing priority areas and anticipated implementation timetable.
- Identifying a City of Baxter ADA Title II Coordinator to oversee City policies and procedures.
- Creating a public outreach program to solicit public participation and to gather input from the community.
- Establishing a grievance procedures to address complaints, concerns and comments from the public.
- Monitoring progress on updating the plan as needed in the in the future.
As part of the public outreach program, the City of Baxter is seeking public input and participation in development of the proposed transition plan. The City recognizes public involvement is the key to developing a plan that addresses the immediate and long terms needs of the community. The draft plan is available for download using the link provided below. A copy of the plan is also available for review at the Baxter City Hall.
A public informational meeting to share specifics of the plan is scheduled to be held at the Council meeting on November 21, 2017 at the Baxter City Hall. The City will accept comments on the draft plan through December 8, 2017. Public comments will be gathered and used to develop the final plan which will then be reviewed and approved by the City Council on December 19, 2017.
Written comments can be submitted by mail, email or by delivery to the Baxter City Hall. Please submit comments to:
Public Right-of-Ways ADA Implementation Coordinator
13190 Memorywood Drive
Baxter, MN 56425