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AC seeks public comments on compliance with ADA laws

The Anderson County Mayor’s Office and the county’s ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Oversight Committee are seeking public comments regarding a recently-completed survey of county-owned buildings and services related to compliance with the federal ADA law.

Anderson County’s ADA Transition Plan is required to document any public comments concerning the plan. According to a press release from the Mayor’s office, all public comments must be submitted by October 1.

The transition plan includes the county-owned buildings, polling sites throughout the county, the county’s website and other services the county provides to its citizens. Any public comments received will help the ADA Oversight Committee identify priorities in implementing the transition plan in the next year and beyond.

Roger Lloyd, Anderson County’s ADA coordinator, will accept public comments related to services and buildings that are owned by the county only, according to the release, which goes on to say, “citizens, with or without disabilities, who wish to comment on accessibility to buildings – other than polling sites – and sidewalks within the cities of Clinton, Norris, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rocky Top, should contact officials within the respective municipalities.”

A copy of Anderson County’s ADA Transition Plan is available online at Anderson County Government’s website, www.anderson-county.com; click the “ADA Transition Plan” link located under the News section on the website’s home page.

If citizens prefer to see a hard-copy of the ADA Transition Plan, they can contact Roger Lloyd to make an appointment. Please call (865) 463-6829 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

With help from Cannon & Cannon, Inc., a local engineering firm, the press release states that Anderson County began its ADA self-evaluation and transition plan, a document required by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, in late 2016. The final plan must be submitted to the State by December 2019.

Anderson County’s ADA Oversight Committee welcomes new citizens to join the committee, especially citizens with disabilities who have a working knowledge of the federal ADA law. The ADA Oversight Committee meets the first Monday of every month – except when federal holidays fall on the first Monday – at 4 p.m. in Room 129 at the Anderson County Courthouse.

Accommodations such as a sign language interpreter and documents in Braille or large print can be met by calling Roger Lloyd within five days of any county meeting.

Anderson County’s ADA Public Notice and ADA Grievance Procedures are available on the county’s website, www.anderson-county.com. Scroll down to the bottom, right-hand side of the home page and click on the ADA link.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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