The Lincoln County Commission gave its approval Tuesday to having Collier Engineering develop what’s called an ADA Transition Plan, a plan that will assess county properties, including facilities and offices, for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and propose ways for any barriers to be remedied.
The plan will cost the county an estimated $81,855, according to the action taken, and show the county’s good faith effort of making significant progress towards completing a self-evaluation and putting together a transition plan, something the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is requiring of communities across the state.
It has been two years since TDOT set forth its requirements aimed at getting governing bodies to identify barriers to access in programs and activities with the goal of providing equivalent access to the maximum extent possible, and while the county has considered proposals before, the proposal of services from Collier Engineering submitted to county budgeters in November was more reasonable. Proposals had also been sought by the county from at least two other firms.
According to the Department of Justice, more than 58 million Americans – about 19 percent of our population – have disabilities, and they, like all Americans, participate in a variety of programs, services and activities provided by state and local governments. By the year 2030, approximately 71.5 million baby boomers will be over age 65 and will need services and surroundings that meet their age-related physical needs.
Other action items
In other business Tuesday, the County Commission:
ü Heard a report from Fire and EMA Director Doug Campbell on the improvements to the severe weather siren system, which was a joint project undertaken by Lincoln County and the City of Fayetteville. As part of that report, Campbell expressed his appreciation to officials for their support of the upgrades.
ü Declared a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe as surplus by the sheriff’s department and donated it to EMS, and three Central Station fire and emergency management agency vehicles as surplus and to be sold, with revenue going back to the Central Station.
ü Approved a sheriff’s department drug fund amendment of $10,180.
ü Approved general purpose school fund budget amendments to pay the high school basketball coach a supplement of $1,040 from the Tip-Off Club and the high school girls’ soccer coach a supplement of $2,200 from the soccer booster club.
Adopted the FY2019-2020 budget calendar, which includes a schedule for upcoming budget talks.
Elected Commissioner Tori Young and Cole Smith, and re-elected Gail Corder, to the Agricultural Extension Committee.
Re-elected Commissioner Steve Graham to the Ardmore, Giles County and Lincoln County Industrial Development Board.
Approved the Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities’ purchasing policy.