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HomeMy WebLinkAboutRES 920035 - ADA Non-Discrimination PolicyI 1"MMIMM WHEREAS, the City of Georgetown does not wish to discriminate against individuals with disabilities; and WHEREAS, the City wishes to comply fully with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and WHEREAS, the City Council has appointed an Advisory Task Force to advise the City on the best way to modify existing facilities, rules, procedures, programs, and services so that any discriminatory practices are eliminated; and WHEREAS, the Advisory Task Force recommends the adoption of the attached policy regarding non-discrimination of individuals with disabilities. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF TAJ CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, THAT: SECTION 1 The facts and recitations contained in the preamble of this resolution are hereby found and declared to be true and correct, and are incorporated by reference herein and expressly made a part hereof, as if copied verbatim. Kyle The City Council has found that this action implements Facilities and Services Policy No. I of the Century Plan - Policy Plan Element, which states: "Increase the quality of life by upgrading existing and providing new facilities and services" and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Policy No. I which states: "encourage all citizens to actively participate in community wide social, cultural, and recreational activities" and Policy No. 2, which states:" assist in providing opportunities for participation in recreationaland cultural programs.' In addition, the City Council has found that this action is not inconsistent or in conflict with any other Century Plan Policies, as required by Section 2.03 of the Administrative Chapter of the Policy Plan. ADA Policy No. Page 1 of 2 SECTION 3 The attached policy (Exhibit A) regarding non discrimination of individuals with tilities is hereby adopted. SECIIQN 4 In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City Mananger will appoint RMFU1` = Efam�� ATTEST: eA Elizabeth Gray City Secretary N522= ADA Policy No. Pap 2 of 2 THE CIT Y/OF EORGETOWN: By: W.H. CONNOR Mayor EXHIBIT A Policy Regarding Non -Discrimination on the Basis of Disability Ov€,-View "Flie City of Georgetown will not discriminate on the hasis of disability regarding all aspects of -employment and services or programs provided by th.- municipality. In addition, employment - die City of Georjzewwn will inform indiViduals diat rl-.asonabie accommodation will be pro,vided, and that protections against discrinlination are provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act. General Policy The City of GeorgetOwn- will eliminate unnecessary eligibility standards tfiat deny quallified J.'ridividuals with disabilities an equal opportunity for employment, lcansler., or prornotion. it will consider only Vie individual's ability to carry 00,ut those essential fiinctiom c lefi es of the position -�v�t ;vieh or hova arcom.-modation. Safety I it'd as fundamental job dutJ a fequirements necessary to carr out the dut..es of the his are ahowfti, as lorg as they are W 1, basod on actual risks and not on stereotypical generalizat tons. 1 -he City( will make reasonable nmodiE.ca,ions in employment polis ies, pra1 Ices, and procedur-that deny equal ac,: and will provide auxiliary aids and services when necessary to ensure effective com-rounication. Trt -be kCity will. provide notice ir, all job adve., isernents that reasonable acconimodatio.n is a-vailabl-2 throughout the emplol"ment p-rocess, and wili conduct the employ'-'rient- M% -)cess so. that, when viewed as a whole, it is readily accessible to individuals with disabilitleS. RL(2graips and, Sti-vices The City of Georgetown will eliminate or modify eligibility standard's which deny individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy programs and services. Ordy those standard: necessary for the provision of the program or service will be permitted. Safety require.-ri-Ints necessai7i for the operation of the program or service are allowed, as long as they are based on actual risks and not on stereotypical generalizations. The City will niake reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures that deny equal access, and will provide auxiliary aids and services when necessary to ensure effective communication. Any not -ice of City programs aril services wit_ i state Lhat reasonable accommodatic-in is available, and the City will conduct its programs so that, when viewed as a whole, dhose programs are readily accessible to and usable by individuals witli disabilities. - Communication The City of Georgetown will ensure effective c;om-mr uaication with individuals x-ith disabilities by Provdingwaxllipa-y aids or servic3s to individuals w1ho have heaning, vision, or speech impairments. Notice of programs and services will include a statement .-Rcouram-9,, individuals to request auxiliary aids. Ph sical barriers The City will adopt U.S. Architecture and Transportation Barrier Compliance Board t, _ I ADA AcceSsibilitv Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities, The ("'ity of Georgetown MIR ensure that all new construction is built in accordance with those standards so that City facilities are free of architectural and communication barriers that would restrict access or use by individuals with disabilities. Portions of an existing building which are altered will be accessible to individuals with disabilities per the minimum standards of the adopted accessibility standards. I Transportation Any transportation provided by the City --or its agent --to individuals with disabilities will be equal to that provided to individuals without disabilities. The standard of equivalent level of service is met when the transportation system, viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. General Implementation Procedures City Divisions are responsible for evaluating current policies, procedures, facilities and programs and assessing the modifications necessary to achieve compliance with this policy, and with appropriate sections of the ADA. Staff playing a major role in the ongoing implementation of this directive are the City Secretary, Division Director for Community Services, the Building Official and the Personnel Director. The City Council has appointed an ADA Advisory Task Force which will provide City staff with technical assistance. All staff will receive training on working with individuals with disabilities. Super -visors will receive additional training in proper employment procedures. Each division will participate in performing a self-evaluation of accessibility, which will then be made available for public comment. City staff and the Advisory Task Force will compile a transition plan based on the data collected in the self-evaluation. Each item listed in the transition plan will be assigned a priority status for completion, based on three factors: the benefit individuals with disabilities will receive from the modification, the speed with which the modification can be achieved, and the cost of the modification. The transition plan will also be made available for public comment before formal adoption. City staff will also design an auxiliary aids and services plan. In addition, they will compile a local -resource directory which will be made available to anyone in the community desiring one.