BOC OKs ADA Transition Plan

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By Nick Nunn

Staff Writer

During the special called meeting of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on July 16, the board voted to approve the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan of Morgan County.

Chuck Jarrell, planning director, drafted the document, which must be approved and turned into the state by July 31 of this year.

“The purpose of the plan is to ensure that all individuals are provided a reasonable access to all Morgan County facilities, programs, services and activities and to identify and create plans mitigating deficiencies… that may pose an obstacle to those individuals that have a disability,” stated Jarrell during a discussion of the plan.

According to Jarrell, the plan specifies the requirements the county must comply with, including: preparing a self-evaluation, creating a transition plan to identify the deficiencies of f the county, establishing a grievance procedure, providing notice to the public of the county’s position and obligations, and providing the opportunity for anyone concerned to write comments.

The BOC had previously created the Disability Access Office as a division of the planning commission in order to deal with some of these compliance requirements. There is also a page on the county’s website, where citizens can voice concerns related to these issues.

In preparing the document, a thorough study was done of county property in order to create a list of facilities that are still deficient.

“We evaluated every county road and every county facility,” stated Jarrell, who noted that, as deficiencies are corrected, the ADA Transition Plan will be changed after yearly updates, reflecting those corrections.

“This is a fluid document. This document will continue to change as we eliminate items that were identified,” said Jarrell.

The board also approved the following items during the special called meeting:

The Georgia Indigent Defense Services Agreement, which is the county’s annual contract with the public defender’s service;

And a resolution to establish the office of Probate Court Prosecutor, which, according to attorney Christian Henry, reflects a law recently passed by the state legislature codifying the currently-existing practice of allowing a board of commissioners to appoint someone as the prosecutor and solicitor for the probate court. “Now [the position] is official. No money is being allocated,” stated Henry.

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