The City of Pell City is working on an extensive plan to make parking, sidewalks, and transitions more accessible to those who are disabled.

In order to comply with Federal regulations with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the city had Sain Associates analyze current compliance and which areas need to be improved.

The firm collected data at 541 locations, including 266 sidewalks, 167 curb ramps, 54 cross walks, 42 on street parking and one refuge island.

The firm was checking compliance for width, slopes, protrusions, vertical gaps, landings, signs, detectable warning and access aisles.

Each was broken down into areas maintained by the City of Pell City, Alabama Department of Transportation, and separate Homeowners Association (HOA) areas of responsibility.

Total cost for all areas that need upgrades in order to be compliant is $2,531,250, including totals for Pell City, ALDOT and HOA. The plan addressed the city-owned high and medium issues by budgeting $50,000 per year, bringing the total to $212,000 over a five-year plan. After the issues were addressed, the plan would reassess progress and decide next steps after five years.

“We broke the plan down to five parts,” said Matt Stoops with Sain Associates,”inventory, plan and method, schedule, coordinator, and public involvement.”

The Pell City official who will serve as the City’s ADA Coordinator will be the Building Inspector, Kenny Boyd. In addition to his experience in ADA related matters as a building inspector, Boyd received an individual coaching session by Sain Associates in May of 2019. He will be responsible for implementing and updating the City’s transition plan as needed.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into federal law on July 26, 1990, was created with the “purpose of prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity to those with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.”

All public entities employing 50 or more people are required by ADA law to develop a transition plan. The transition plan identifies and addresses issues within the public right-of-way that are not compliant with current ADA standards.

Recent projects by Pell City to improve ADA compliance include:

 ADA Bathroom reconstruction at the tennis facility in 2019

 New sidewalk construction on 19th Street at Glen City in 2018

 Downtown sidewalk improvements on Cogswell Ave in 2016

 Playground improvements at Pell City Recreation Hall in 2015

 Bathroom improvements at the park in 2014

For a copy of the current ADA Compliance plan, visit: Copies of the plan are also posted at Pell City City Hall, St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City, and the Pell City Public Library.

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