ADA Self Evaluation 2012 Report

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City of Hillsboro
150 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II, Self-Evaluation and *Transition Plan

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) originally passed on July 26, 1990 as Public Law 101- 336 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), and became effective on January 26, 1992. The fundamental goal of the ADA is to ensure equal access and opportunity to civic life by people with disabilities. The Act comprises five titles prohibiting discrimination against disabled persons within the United States. Title II of the ADA required state and local governments to make their programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. It also established physical access requirements for public facilities (buildings and sidewalks, etc.).

The City of Hillsboro works diligently to ensure that all city services, programs and activities are accessible as required under the ADA, Title II.

Purpose of Evaluation
The purpose of this City of Hillsboro Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II Self-evaluation is to document the results of the City’s review of access to programs, services and activities by individuals with disabilities in order to determine if there are any discriminatory or potentially discriminatory practices, policies or procedures. This report contains the results of that review.
The City conducted an ADA evaluation survey in order to gather input from 1) organizations representing individuals with disabilities and, 2) program and facility users. These surveys were available on-line and at all city facilities from February 15, 2012 through April 15, 2012. The City also held a public meeting on March 15, 2012 at the Hillsboro Civic Center to offer another opportunity for the community to provide feedback. Survey and meeting notifications was advertised in the local Hillsboro Argus newspaper and City Views; a publication that is mailed to all City of Hillsboro resident addresses.

 

Survey Results
The survey produced a total of seven responses, all identifying themselves as community members - individuals. Responses were categorized as follows:
1 – Curb ramp access at specific location
4 – Lack of sidewalks to various facilities
1 – Lack of seating at specific city facility
1 – Lack of coordination between traffic lights and crosswalk indicators

Public Meeting held March 15, 2012
One individual from the community attended the public meeting. This individual was not representing as an individual with a disability, but rather interested in the evaluation process. No input or recommendation was provided at that time.

Accessibility Projects

Sidewalk Ramp Inventory

On March, 2009 the City’s Public Works Department completed an inventory identifying the installation need of 148 ramps throughout the city. August and September of 2010, the city’s ADA Committee prioritized those ramps using the following criteria.

 

ASSIGNED VALUE DESCRIPTION
GRADING CRITERIA FOR SIDEWALK RAMPS
 1 ROUTE TO ESSENTIAL FACILITIES SUCH AS FIRE, POLICE, HOSPITALS
 2 ROUTE TO SCHOOLS, PARKS, COMMUNITY CENTER (SR. CENTER, AQUATIC CENTER, ETC.)
 3 ROUTES TO MASS TRANSIT
 4 ROUTE TO SHOPPING MALLS / STORES
 5 ROUTES ALONG COLLECTOR STREETS
 6 ROUTES ALONG ARTERIAL STREETS
 7 RAMPS WHERE ADDITIONAL SIDEWALK IS NEEDED TO LEAD UP TO
RAMP (PARTIAL INCOMPLETE SIDEWALK)
 8 ROUTES WITH RAMPS HAVING OBSTRUCTIONS E.G. FIRE HYDRANT,
POWER POLES IN RAMP, CATCH BASIN
 9 RAMPS AT DISCONTINUOUS SIDEWALKS
 10 RAMPS DESIGNATED WHERE NO SIDEWALK IS LOCATED
 11 RAMPS AT AREAS WHERE THE ADJOINING SIDEWALKS DO NOT HAVE
ACCESSIBLE GRADES
 12 CONTINUOUS SIDEWALK/CROSSWALK WITHOUT RAMP
 13 RAMPS AT END OF SIDEWALK LEADING TO CROSS STREET WITHOUT SIDEWALKS
 14 NEEDS RAMP REPLACED  

The prioritized ramp information was provided to the Public Works Department in fall, 2010. During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Public Works was able to secure funding allowing for the installation of five (5) ramps. The following 33 ramps have been budgeted in the 2012-2013 fiscal year and will be completed by October, 2013.
With the Sidewalk Ramp Program up and running, Public Works will continue to budget funds for the installation of the remaining ramps on an annual basis.

NUMBER INTERSECTION CORNER

 1

 Singing Woods/Rood Bridge    

 NW

 2

 Singing Woods/Rood Bridge

 SW

 3

 Singing Woods/Roanoke

 NE

 4

 Singing Woods/Roanoke

 NW

 5

 Singing Woods/Roanoke

 SE

 6

 Singing Woods/Roanoke

 SW

> 7

 Singing Woods/Radcliff

 NW

 8

 Singing Woods/Radcliff

 SW

 9

 Singing Woods/Bradley

 NW

 10

 Singing Woods/Bradley

 SW

 11

 Singing Woods/Conrad

 NW

 12

 Singing Woods/Conrad

 SW

 13

 Singing Woods/Pipers

 SE

 14

 Singing Woods/Pipers

 NE

 15

 Singing Woods/Palmire

 SW

 16

 Singing Woods/Palmire

 NW

 17

 Singing Woods/Madsen

 SE

 18

 Singing Woods/Madsen

 NE

 19

 Singing Woods/Bliss

 NW

 20

 Singing Woods/Bliss

 NE

 21

 9th/Maple

 NW

 22

 9th/Maple

 NE

 23

 9th/Maple

 SW

 24

 9th/Maple

 SE

 25

 Val St/Connell

 SE

 26

 Val St/Val Ct

 SW

 27

 Val St/Val Ct

 SE

 28

 Birchwood/Jackson

 NW

 29

 5th/Lincoln

 NE

 30

 19th/Lincoln

 NW

 31

 19th/Lincoln

 NE

 32

 Brogden/Palomar

 SE

 33

 Brogden/Palomar

 SW

 

Inventory/Installation Program

In response to the ADA Self-Evaluation Survey regarding lack of sidewalks throughout the City, Public Works is in the beginning phase of developing the Sidewalk Inventory/Installation Program. Staff is in the process of compiling data identifying areas within the City where sidewalks currently do not exit. Once data has been compiled, staff will determine the feasibility and prioritization of sidewalk installation in various areas throughout the City.

Hillsboro’s Strategic Plan
As part of the City of Hillsboro’s Strategic Plan, Goal 5; Ensure city services are responsive, equitable and accessible, outlines specific strategies and actions. 5.1a Assess city services to identify barriers (language, cultural, socio-economic or physical). Develop and implement solutions to those barriers.
In response to Strategy 5.1a, the City’s ADA Committee identified the following items/barriers either to be improved upon, or in need of implementation. They are as follows:

  1. Assistive Listening Devices (ALD): The City had ALDs readily available in three Civic Center conference rooms, the Auditorium, and the Hillsboro Stadium. The majority of City public meetings are held at the Civic Center. However, there have been instances where the city had to borrow mobile ALD equipment to accommodate meetings scheduled at other locations. To ensure that ALD would be available at all of our facilities with 72 hours notice, the Information Services department purchased a mobile device that is available for use at all city facilities.
  2. American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Services: To ensure that these services are available upon request, the City entered into a contract with a local interpreter services company to provide Standard ASL, Standard Legal ASL and, Certified Legal ASL.
  3.  Service Animals: The City developed a policy as outlined and required under ADA, Title II. Risk Management provided training to city staff on the policy and continues to offer training and interpretation of the policy on a regular basis.
  4. Disability Accommodation Request form (on-line): The ADA committee felt it important that a form be created and made available on line for users of city services and programs as an additional option to request accommodation. This form can be accessed on line: Disability Accommodation Request
  5.  Jackson Bottom Wetland Education Center: The center had a gravel path from the parking lot to the education center that limited access. A porous concrete path was installed making access to the center fully accessible. Porous concrete has holes that allow water to pass though and soak into the ground, thus reducing runoff, erosion and pollutant concentration.

Should you have questions regarding this document, please contact SueLing Gandee, City of Hillsboro Risk Manager and ADA Coordinator at:
Phone: 503-681-6108
TTY: 503-681-6284
Email: sueling.gandee@hillsboro-oregon.gov

ADA Self Evaluation Committee:

Tami Cockeram – Risk Management
Amber Ames – Administration Department
Doug Gresham – Public Works, Engineering Department
Julie Nix – Parks and Recreation Department
Tim Drain – Building Department
Toni Plunkett – Fleet and Facilities Department
John Almquist – Information Services Department
Linda Osuna – Hillsboro Library
Ryan Green, Oregon PVA

*The city transition plan is in the development stage and will be posted at a later date

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