For people with disabilities
Loudon County Mayor, EDA Chairman Doyle Arp, Pat Phillips, EDA Director, Williamson House
Who Enforces the ADA law?
By: Pat Hunter
August 24, 2008
At Thursday's August 28th Board meeting, there will be a discussion about relocating the EDA office from the Williamson House in Loudon.
If you have a physical disability, wheel chair bound, walker, crutches or you have bad knees and can't climb steep steps, how do you access services of an office that is government funded, such as community planning office or economic development agency? Perhaps, the Board can address the Department of Justice's Settlement Agreement with Loudon County.
For several years, the Williamson House has been in non-compliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A settlement was purportedly reached by the parties but, business continues at that location, nonetheless.
The Williamson House is the office of the Economic Development Agency (EDA) and the Loudon County Planning Office. The EDA Board is comprised of business people, hospital administrator, and government officials. Who enforces the ADA law?
Please see the excerpts from the Settlement Agreement regarding the "SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION " and "OTHER MEASURES TO ACHIEVE PROGRAM ACCESS.
"SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION
1. This matter was initiated by a complaint filed under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, with the United States Department of Justice (“Department”) against the County of Loudon, Tennessee (“County”). The complaint was received by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, under the authority of 28 C.F.R. Part 35, Subpart F. The complainant alleged that the County’s newly-constructed Courthouse Annex Building and the historic Williamson House, which is not owned by the County but in which some County programs are conducted, are inaccessible to individuals with mobility impairments."
"OTHER MEASURES TO ACHIEVE PROGRAM ACCESS
68. Within three months of the effective date of this Agreement, the County will implement and report to the Department its written plan regarding how County programs, activities, or services, including those of the County’s Economic Development Agency and the County Planning Commission, currently conducted at the Williamson House, located at 274 Blair Bend Road, which is not owned by the County, will be made accessible to persons with disabilities."
SOURCE: SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND LOUDON COUNTY, TENNESSEE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT - DJ 204-70-67 http://www.ada.gov/loudon.htm#anchor262953
Loudon County Economic Development Agency
Joint Economic and Community Development Board/
Executive Committee Meeting
County Building Conference Room
2:30 p.m. August 28, 2008, Thursday
· Approval of minutes from March 27, 2008 and June 26, 2008 meetings
· Worker’s Compensation
· By-Laws Amendment – Article II, Section IV (regarding Treasurer)
· Nomination of Greenbelt Representative and Member at Large
· Sale of 0.61 acre parcel at Centre 75
Loudon County Economic Development Agency Board of Directors/
Joint Economic and Community Development Board Meeting
County Building Conference Room
3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2008
a. Worker’s Compensation
b. By-Laws Amendment – Article II, Section IV (regarding Treasurer)
c. Nomination of Greenbelt Representative and Member at Large
d. Sale of 0.61 acre parcel at Centre 75