By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
ADA inspection to cost $12,000
Placeholder Image

An inspection of county buildings for ADA compliance will cost $12,000, while the projects are estimated to be $250,000.
The clarification was made during Monday’s Financial Management Committee when members met to consider a request from Upland Design Group of $12,000 for its services to inspect county buildings.
“Their fee would be $12,000 to handle this,” said County Executive Herschel Wells. “I would like to get started on this so I’ll entertain a motion to approve Upland Design’s fee of $12,000.”
Upland gave an estimate of $250,000 on how much the projects would cost so the county could designate the funds within the 2017-18 fiscal year budget. Being an estimate, actual cost will not be known until the projects are bid out.
Local governments across the state have until December 2019 to bring all public buildings into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If not, the Tennessee Department of Transportation could withhold gasoline tax funds given to those governments. The state tied the two together in order to force ADA compliance.
An inspection was necessary to generate a Transition Plan, which will include what needs to be done to bring the county into compliance and an estimate on how much each project will cost. The plan must be submitted to the state for approval.
Committee members unanimously approved the request of $12,000 from Upland Design Group for its services.