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ADA committees set to enforce compliance
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Warren County government has its ADA-related committees set.
The full Warren County Commission unanimously approved setting two committees – ADA Advisory Committee and ADA Grievance Committee. Each committee will have five members that have already been chosen, with County Executive Herschel Wells serving as ADA coordinator.
Local governments have until December 2019 to bring all buildings into ADA compliance or risk losing funding from the gasoline tax. The Americans with Disabilities Act has been tied to TDOT.
While the county set its grievance procedure for anyone who wishes to file a complaint, the city of McMinnville already has a process in place.
“We already had a grievance procedure in place,” said city administrator Bill Brock. “Most of our buildings are ADA compliant already. The board is currently considering renovations to the Civic Center. Those changes will include bringing the building into compliance with ADA regulations. We’re in pretty good shape.”
If anyone wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs or benefits by the city, they can do so.
Shirley Durham is the city’s ADA coordinator. The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/ or their designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation and mailed to Shirley Durham, ADA Coordinator, 101 E. Main Street, McMinnville, Tenn., 37110 or by email to sdurham@mcminnvilletenn.com.
The steps from there:
“If the response by the city administrator does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, it will be forwarded to the Handicap Resident Access Committee. The committee shall hear complaints and make a written decision within 30 days of notification. If the committee cannot resolve the complaint, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen shall hear the complaint at a public meeting and determination be made within 30 days after a decision on the request or complaint. The decision of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen shall be final.”