On February 27, 2018 at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, the board took into consideration an ADA Transition Plan & Title VI Implementation Plan presented to the board by Scott Wood, New Albany Director of Planning and Zoning.
A Transition Plan is required of all entities through the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The project identifies barriers in programs and activities that prevent persons with disabilities from access, such as curbs and slopes leading into sidewalks, communications devices to assist with traffic, appropriate construction work zones, and more. VS Engineering has been contracted by the city to compile documentation and a visual survey that will help the city identify possible barriers in accessibility.
The Title VI Implementation Plan covers non-discrimination and environmental justice on minority and low-income populations to ensure full and fair participation in the decision-making process.
The Board of Works has initiated a 30-day comment period on the document, where public comments will be accepted and incorporated into the final document.
“We want to ensure that New Albany is friendly and accessible for all people,” stated Mayor Gahan. “I’m very proud of the retrofits we have completed on our sidewalk and traffic crossing infrastructure to make our city more accessible over the past few years. This project will add another level of compliance that will make our city even better.”