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07-15-1998a v o ADA Advisory Board Meeting Minutes July 15, 1998 Board Members Present: Larry Sharp, Dorothy Powers, Ceasar Rodriguez, Ramon Armendariz, Kathe Stark Board Members Absent: Bob Evans, Tomas Mendez Others Present: Mike Noonchester, Margaret Markham, Elsa Attshool, Judy Harary, B.J. Thrash Larry Sharp acted as Chair and convened the meeting at 10:05 a.m. Motion: To approve the April and May Meeting minutes was made by Dorothy Powers, seconded by Ramon Armendariz. No further discussion heard. Motion passed unanimously. New Business: Kathe introduced Mary Helen Sarabia, from Transit, volunteered to take minutes for the Board. Introductions provided by all present. Kathe asked the board to consider adding three items to the agenda: Consideration of an alternative meeting times later in the day. We have 2 prospective new board members for whom 10 -12, particularly during the school year, is going to cause a problem. Asking the board to consider 3 -5 or 4 -6 or the evening hours. 2. Recent developments with regard to federal and state funding of transit services that Mike Noonchester would like to present to the board. 3. Put off election of chair until the next meeting when we will, hopefully, have a full board again. The board agreed to add these items to the agenda. Meeting Date/Time Larry asked for discussion on meeting times. Ramon stipulated that the board can't go past 5:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month due to other conflicting board meetings. Dorothy stated Mondays are not good. Kathe explained the initial date and time of meetings was determined by the board and the board has the flexibility to re- establish both day and time. After discussion, the board agreed to meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Kathe will confirm whether the Library is available, inform the board and post a public notice. 5 v v Transit Funding Mike Noonchester submitted a recent letter received from the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department (NMHTD) on federal funding for transit services. [attached] Transit and the consultant just completed a presentation to the County Commissioner's the other night that Sunland Park, Mesilla and Hatch on the Regional Transit Study to look at how public transportation services could be extended to other parts of the county on a regional basis. It's fine to put a plan together but how are we going to pay for it with local governments expressing financial tightness? The consultant identified 6 -7 pots of money that come to the region through the Governor's office. In almost all of these pots, none of that money is coming to this part of the state. Consistently it is all going to the north end of the state. So how can we have access to some of these funds. Elected officials are interested in pursuing available money to provide transportation in the region. As the transit provider in Las Cruces, we make every effort to find funding that helps pay for services. The consultant has worked with Transit to uncover potential funds. The City normally receives a federal allocation. Up until now, all that funding has gone to pay for equipment costs. The federal government signed the Federal Transportation Bill on 6/9/98, which is going to increase the funding that comes to us and provide more flexibility in how this money is used. This is very positive. (Referenced letter from the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department) As you can see, there are two pots of additional federal transit money, 5311 and 5310, that come to the state. One is for rural transportation (5311) and none of that money has been spent on Southern New Mexico for 5 -6 years. The state got 1.3 million last year for rural transportation and all of it went to the north except one van for Carlsbad. The other is for ADA and senior transportation services (5310). The state has put in their letter that this money will be available to organizations that are private, nonprofit agencies. That interpretation from the state is not in accordance with the federal guidelines, which would allow it to also come to private agencies. That is one reason why public agencies in the southern park of the state have not received funding. Mesilla, Hatch and Sunland Park are interesting in pursuing both pots of money and will put together a Letter of Intent. Note the letter of intent is due by 7/24/98. As staff we will be meeting to discuss an approach on this, whether we directly challenge the State's interpretation or whether we use the regional transit study or how we do it. It may be we need the support of groups here. Mike read from 5310: "Elderly and persons with disabilities program funds can be used for capital assistance by organizations providing transportation services for elderly and persons with disabilities. Applicants eligible to receive funding include: 1) private non - profit agencies; 2) public bodies approved by the state to coordinate services for elderly citizens and persons with disabilities; and 3) public bodies that certify to the Governor that no non - profit agencies exist to provide such services." We interpret that Roadrunner Transit would be eligible and other non - profit agencies would also be eligible for these funds. Currently, Roadrunner is the primary provider of transportation within the City. There are private organizations which provide services to their clients, but not the community in general. 3 v v They are eligible to go after some of this funding. Of concern right now is that in our seniors and persons with disabilities paratransit services, we are beyond capacity. We are turning people down consistently, which is a concern because we're not in compliance with ADA as a result. The need to transit service is growing. It was recently reported that the senior population in Dona Ana County in the last 7 years grew 30 %. That is twice the State average. As Kathe's figures indicate, disability in senior populations are very closely related. It has been reported that 50% of all persons over 65 have a disability. So transit business is growing very quickly as we become a large retirement community. The Hatch area alone has 12% of their population in senior age group, way about the State average of 8 %. Las Cruces is about 10 %. As we look at the growing need, our ability to serve them is limited. One of the strategies being considered is if this funding could be used to purchase vehicles, the regular federal funding could be used for operating costs due to the change in flexibility in that funding. With that in place, some existing equipment could be replaced, which needs to occur regularly. Mike would like feedback from the board on the approach to take on this issue. Larry asked if the study would increase services within Las Cruces or expanding the services for the surrounding area. Mike responded that both are needs. Based on the Las Cruces market we need to grow. If the other incorporated communities agree to participate, they can establish a joint operating agreement based on Roadrunner managing the system for them. If they do ask for us to operate it, there will be a need there too. The state has almost $500,000 per year right now for funding seniors and disabled populations. The rural money can go for public, but the disabled/senior funding, the State has chosen to limit it to private, non -profit agencies. The confusing point is that the State does make the same money available to Indian Reservations. Mike stated the need to go for both pots of funding for transit services and will be meeting with the County to discuss their putting together a letter of intent. Larry asked if when Mike talks about the County is he talking about the entire county in terms of services that would be provided? Mike responded affirmatively. Since current paratransit is funded by the City government, the service stops at the City limits and the City is the only one providing services. Dorothy asked if there is any way a private non - profit and a public entity can go together on a grant? Mike responded yes, and reported on the joint effort a few years ago between the Dona Ana Arts Council and the Parks and Recreation Department to obtain a lift equipped van which the Arts Council then leased to the City for $1.00 each year and in turn the City operated the vehicle. When Arts Council programs are not operating, Transit uses that vehicle for regular paratransit services. Margaret asked which department was responsible for the letter. Mike responded NMSHTD. Margaret asked if anyone has asked the state legislators about this because it would not be the first time the State entity has violated federal law. If it's in violation of federal law, we should pursue legal channels ... [undecernable] Mike reported that local legislators have been part of the presentations on the regional transit study and when it was pointed out how much money has been coming, they are very concerned we are getting none of it. Margaret clarified that she is concerned is about the aspect that only 501 C(3)'s were decided by the State. Mike stated that in the federal law it state it can go to them. Staff has made an interpretation and that it needs to be challenged because it can also go to the public entities providing senior and disabled transportation. We don't have private senior center providing that 4 U V type of service, Roadrunner is the provider. A state representative at the Mesilla meeting stated that we must make sure we get something submitted to the State for this money. Larry asked for discussion. No discussion. Larry asked Mike what he would like from this committee to do based on this information. Mike stated he was unsure what he needed from the committee. There are two tracks to follow at the same time, the regional needs and the City of Las Cruces needs. Over the next few days there may be a need to question the interpretation or maybe we submit the Letter of Intent or to meet with groups like this and the seniors to see what support exists for any of these actions. Kathe asked if the board wanted to make any formal recommendations to support Transit in any steps to take. Margaret: Exactly what is our transportation system? Mike City. Margaret: Are you under Mr. Wright? Mike: Yes. Margaret; has Mr. Wright gone to the City Attorney and asked for an interpretation, it seems that is a necessary step. Mike: Not yet. Margaret expressed a need for the City Attorney's review and position statement to deal with this situation with the state speaking for the City government. Ceasar asked how the board can help. Larry: I thought I heard 3 items. One would be a letter challenging the policy itself. Another would be support for what you're going to submit. Another item would be the possibility of this board recommending that the office of legal counsel provide an interpretation of a section of 5310 funding parameters. Mike suggested that the Letter of Intent be drafted with a challenge to the limitations on 5310 moneys and if a positive response is not received within a week that the legal department and elected officials brought on consulted regarding challenging the state's interpretation. Motion: Dorothy made a motion to: To support the letter of intent to the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department from the City of Las Cruces to seek funding of 5310 and to question the legality of the State's restrictive interpretation of the federal guidelines to limit funding eligibility to only private, non - profit agencies. Second by Ceasar. No further discussion. Motion passed unanimously. If turned down with the Letter of Intent, a legal challenge may be necessary but it is not necessary to consider at this time. By the next meeting of this committee, Mike will be able to report back on the response received by the State and the board could determine what other steps it may or may not want to support. If a consensus is needed prior to next month's meeting, the board agreed they could be poled on support of any further action. Mike thanked the group for their attention, interest and support. Kathe asked the board to consider having Mike come back next month to provide an overview of the Regional Transit Study and what feedback on the issue we have been discussing. Larry asked for board consensus. Board members agreed unanimously to have Mike on the agenda for the August meeting. Dorothy requests Mike keep her informed or be a part of this effort because if there is anyway the Center can assist she wants to be able to do that. Mike responded affirmatively. Mike will be in contact with Dorothy. Larry requested any other new business. None heard. U O II. Review of 1998/99 ADA Facility Improvement Priorities Kathe provided an overview of the process preceding adoption of the budget when the board identified priority buildings and tasks within those buildings for a total of $257,000. The actual allocation is $75,000. The work plan you have in front of you is based on those priorities and is intended to use the $75,000 most effectively and in accordance with the needs of the community as expressed through the board in preceding months. In addition to the priority of the facility and the priority of the tasks within each building, consideration was given to the scope of work necessary to ensure accessibility. For example: Both PAZ and Harty ball fields were identified as priorities. However, PAZ, because of its topography will cost a significant amount to provide accessible parking, a ramped surface down to the ball fields, paths of travel among the fields, integrated seating and accessible restrooms. Harty, on the other hand, is quite level and does not require the scope of work to provide access. Kathe asked for discussion and/or approval of the recommended work plant for facility improvements. Kathe reminded the board that cost estimates for the work done last fiscal year were approximately 30% under actual costs, therefore the work plan is an optimistic plan if actual costs continue to significantly exceed estimates. Larry: Were these projects part of the projected work for the current fiscal year? Kathe: Yes. Larry: Is it possible that any of these things would be accomplished with anything other than ADA money? Kathe: Very little. Support Services did not receive their requested budget either. Support Services and I worked closely to present our combined work plan for this fiscal year in order to avoid one department going into a building doing improvements and the following year ADA doing their improvements. An item remaining in the Support Services budget for this fiscal year is remodeling of the roll up grills at the cashiers and customer service windows at City Hall. While I have not included this work in the work plan, this committee may want to reallocate some of this $75,000 to complete the counters adjoining these grills in lieu of some of the other work listed on the work plan. If the board does not wish to reallocate dollars for this project, I would request that Support Services hold off on the grills until the ADA improvements could also be completed. Service staff can be trained to come out from behind the counter and provide accessible services to persons with disabilities. Larry: Is there anything here that would be addressed regarding safety that has not been? Were we careful to make sure that alarm systems, visual and audible, are in place as needed? Kathe: The electricians I are currently going to every building and testing the alarms and ensuring there are both audible and visuals. We are not completely through each building. Thus far, buildings with alarms systems are operational and have both visual and audible alarms except the WIA building, which has no fire alarm system at all. The alarm system at the WIA is included in the work plan for this current year. The major health and safety issue I have, and there may be a way to address this in- house, has to do with emergency egress where exit doors lead to one or more steps down to the ground. 6 U J Larry: This is almost an aside. Does the City have emergency evacuation plans that address the needs of persons with disabilities? Kathe: No. I am working with Adolph Zubia at the Fire Department and have received some material from the President's Committee and DOJ. What each city building has is a diagram that says `if you are here, go there' with arrows pointing a direction. What we are going to be setting up is designated teams in every building, doing training of the teams in each facility and looking for emergency evacuation chairs for two -story buildings particularly. Larry asked for a motion on the work plan. Motion: Ceasar made a motion to accept the work plan as presented for the current fiscal year. Second by Ramon. Discussion: Ramon asked about the renovations for Frenger Pool. His concern is that the pool is a fairly recent acquisition to Parks and Recreation and one thing brought up constantly is that it doesn't meet ADA specifications and they were in such a rush to get it completed and operational, that the City simply ignored the issue and this committee's advice and now we have it on the work plan for $770. Is that enough money to complete the required access work? Kathe: Frenger largely meets the requirements but they don't work. There are hangers, dispensers and small items that need to be moved, but the facility still won't work adequately. The cost to renovate Frenger restroom and shower areas will be about $5,000 or more. Larry asked if we would spend $770 on the restrooms and then have to turn around and spend $5,000 to get it right? Kathe: No, the intent is to look at Frenger, develop plans of a workable plan and determine whether or not we can complete the entire project this year or postpone it until there is adequate funding or to reallocate current funding to make the locker rooms accessible. Since it is the only indoor pool we have we need to make sure it is accessible. The Board agreed. Motion passed unanimously. Facility Update: The bid package for the work at Meerscheidt for showers, restrooms and front counter, City Office Center, restrooms and basement ramp; and Young Park restrooms is currently out for bid. By the next meeting we will know if we can get all the projected work completed with last year's funding. III. Actions Needed to Support the Bond Issue Kathe reported that the materials requested by the board had been sent the day after last months meeting. I did check this morning with the City Clerk's office to see if the cost information to taxpayers was available yet. It is not. The City has received preliminary information at this time. Finalized information will be made available when it is received. Larry asked if everyone had the information that was sent out by Kathe. He stated he liked the overheads, they are impressive, short and sweet. Are they in PowerPoint? Kathe: Yes, they are. Larry: Is there any way to present it in PowerPoint. Kathe reported Peter Gilbert could be asked to assist, he has the technology. Larry asked how the Board wants to go about sharing what the City is supposed to be doing? Ceasar suggested attending the bond meetings ....[undecemable]. Larry asked if this is something we can request to have an audience with the Council? Kathe responded affirmatively. Reminding the board that they exist to advise the Council. The board can make a request to be heard at a work session or council meeting. 7 G± O Larry asked if the board needs to make that request and have someone make a presentation and whether work sessions are open to the public, which they are. Margaret Markham explained that work sessions are open to the public but are not open to public imput. They permit more time for topic specific presentations and a chance to hear the views and concerns of individual council persons. There is a time there to try and influence and change minds. Larry stated that the object is not to have something passed, but to educate the council. He always appreciates public input and hates to see it not included, but it seems that what we want is more time with the Council to clarify points and discuss issues. It seems like doing a work session with the Council would be best, as opposed to a regular council session, mostly because I want their attention. Larry asked for other discussion. Dorothy agreed with the idea of a work session to assist and educate the Council. Dorothy emphasized that the board should also be present for regular council meetings. Larry stated they would not be asking for anything. These laws have existed on the books since 1990. All we are doing is clarifying for the Council what the laws are about, what they imply, how they've been operated on and what the process is. The objective is to eliminate as much fear as possible. At the same time we want to make sure that the kind of issues that are involved in this are publicly approved so that people will vote positively on the bond issue. The internal need to educate and to answer questions for the Council as primary at this time. Kathe stated it's a key step that would hopefully result in more access to that governing body to provide assistance and advise the Council on behalf of the community when there are things that do require a policy commitment. Requests have been made to have a work session with the Council and the board and on the issue of the sidewalk survey. Larry stated the Board has greater access. Larry asked what the committee's wishes are. Ceasar agreed with requesting a work session with the Council. Motion: Ceasar made a motion that the board request a work session with the council to provide information and education to the Council on ADA. Discussion: Ramon asked the board to define the work session. Larry asked for clarification. The group to be presented to is the City Council. Dorothy seconded the motion. Without further discussion the motion was passed unanimously. Larry asked who would make the request for the work session. Kathe suggested one or two members of the board request a meeting with the Manager and Mayor. Subsequent to that, getting together more informally and decide on the overheads to be used and who would be presenters so, given the invitation to meet with the Council, the board would be prepared to move forward. Kathe will talk with Peter Gilbert about his ability to help with a PowerPoint presentation. Larry stated he would be glad to address the Mayor and Manager and request a meeting and he asked for others. Ceasar also offered to meet with the Mayor and Manager. Larry also offered to be a presenter at a work session. Ramon also offered to be a presenter. Kathe said she would keep the board apprised of neighborhood meetings. There is a meeting this I vening at Klein Park with the primary purpose to get community input on the $200,000 in s G J improvements to be made to that park. Kathe will be in attendance at that meeting. She has been working with Parks and Recreation to ensure access to that park as a part of the improvements. IV. Agenda Setting Larry asked for agenda items. Dorothy requested an update on the federal funding issues raised by Mike Noonchester. Kathe reminded the board that Mike would be back to give an overview of the Regional Transition Study in addition to any response from the state on the funding issue. Ramon expressed an interest in hearing about networking within the transit system between private, non - profit organizations and public transportation. He would like to see what the procedures are for investing or coming on board for each one of those entities. His concern is that when he addresses transportation issues, the reaction I get is that there isn't any problem when, in fact, there is a big problem in serving the disabled consumer. There's a 24 hour scheduled appointment for paratransit services. I would like to see that clarified for each entity. Mike cannot address the issues with SafeRide but we can ask him to address the issues with Dial - A -Ride. Mike did admit to the board today that we are beyond capacity and we are turning people away. And that the goal is to look at ways we can provide services throughout the City. Ramon said his concern is that although there are several agencies that provide transportation, the consumer is being under served because he doesn't understand the procedures, ground rules. There is one entity, he doesn't remember which, that only al. Margaret Markham: Expressed a concern about who determines qualifications. Obviously a person who cannot walk at all, that's obvious. We have a lot of elderly people in this community, now I think it is dial -A -Ride that asks are you with senior services? Not available to anyone who can get to a regular bus stop. Somebody who is 85 years old with arthritis may be able to walk six blocks to a bus stop but have you ever seen where people have to stand and wait in the blazing sun. We don't have kiosks, we don't have benches. That person may be able to get there but then to have to wait 35 minutes for a bus because you get one only every 40 minutes. So I think there is not only that there may be only so many slots available but you also have restrictions and I'm very concerned. Who determines medical consideration? What does somebody have to do, get a medical doctor's opinion that they want walk/stand. We simply do not have adequate transportation in the City for anyone. Margaret tried a couple of routes - the one that goes up Amador - to see what would happen with someone who is homeless and wants to use either the Gospel of Rescue or the Community of Hope. They can get the bus there but there is no bus going back. If they do get there they would have to wait and go a huge loop back to the station then take another bus to get to the public health services where they may need to go. The whole system, with its weird loops is inadequate overall but specifically for the requirements for those who cannot stand for 30 minutes waiting for a bus and they will not be taken on Dial -A -Ride if they can walk. Kathe reported that the law is far more restrictive than Dial -A -Ride. The law states that if you can get to a regular bus stop and get on a bus, you're not eligible for paratransit system. We don't do that. Ramon, could this be part of the work session? I believe transit needs should be a part of the council training because there is a big problem with public transportation. Ramon expressed he thought the County provides better service than the City because when he visits clients in Chaparral those clients can access to see the medical doctors and the disabled consumer inside the City has no access. Kathe clarified that isn't correct. The County consumers only have 9 v v access to medical appointments through SafeRide. If they need to get to the store or to Las Cruces for social services, SafeRide will not provide transportation. Within the City, eligible consumers can use Dial -A -Ride for medical as well as any other transportation needs. Next Agenda: 1. Introductions 2. Elect a Chair 3. Mike Noonchester 4. Possible update on the meeting with the Mayor/Manager. 5. Update on the bid package for ADA improvements. Larry asked what the timing would be to meet with the Council, time if of the essence because of the bond issue. Larry will be at an ADA Conference the week after next. Kathe recommended that the board try and get an appointment with the Manager and Mayor by calling Diana and trying to schedule a meeting after his return from the conference. Larry asked for other agenda items. None heard. The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m. Respectfully submitted, y Kathe Stark ADA Coordinator 10 'p. �� i3'ams as �i NEW y MEXI�'O STATE HIGH*AY 1 „ I' AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER QUL 0 81998 ,i R: • CM OF lA$ CRM " I m irk � 1Ri11NSft � GARY E. JOHNSON GOVERNOR COMMISSION Halm Bursum, III Chairmen, Socorro Edward T. Begey Vice- Chairman, Gallup Peter T. Mocha, Sr. Secretary, Albuquerque Sherry Galloway Member, Farmington Albert N. Sanchez Member. Santa Rose Sidney G. Strebeck Member, Pcrtales DEPARTMENT Secretary Pete K. Rahn General Office P.O. Box '.149 Santa Fe, NM 87504 -1149 505.827 -5100 District One Office P.O. Box 231 Deming, NM 88031 -0231 505 -546 -2603 District Two Office P.O. Box 1457 Roswell, NM 88202 -1457 505 - 624 -3300 District Three Office P.O. Box 91750 Albuquerque, NM 87199 -1750 505 -841 -2700 District Four Office P.O. Sox 30 Les Vegns, NM 87701 -0030 505 -454 -3600 District Five Office P.O. Box 4127 Coronado Station Santa Fe. 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THIS NOTICE APPLIES TO FUNDING FOR THE 1999/2000 FISCAL YEAR STARTING OCTOBER 1. 1999 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2000 Interested parties wishing to apply for assistance under either Section 5310 (elderly and disabled transportation) and/or Section 5311 (rural public transportation), MUST return a Letter of Intent postmarked no later than July ?±1_1_951110: New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department Public Transportation Programs Bureau P. O. Box 1149 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504 -1149 Letters of Intent must include: 1. Organization Name, address, zip code and telephone number. 2. Name of contact person. 3. Application package requested (either Section 5310 and /or Section 5311) For further information on these programs, please contact the Public Transportation Programs Bureau at 505/827 -0410. Sheet3 1998/99 Work Plan July 7, 1998 Harty Baseball Remodel Restrooms 6,842 Pave Path of Travel 9,600 Pave for Integrated Seating 6,400 Drinking Fountain 4,000 26,842 City Hall Unisex Restroom 5,000 Remove Counter by Elevator TTY Sign 30 One parking sign 92 Council Chamber Doors -, 400 Replace North entrance door 3,000 Assistive Listening System 900 Modify podium 100 9,522 City Office Center Replace HR Entrance Door 1,000 1,000 Club Fusion Designatea Parking 920 Handrails on ramp 800 Lower seat cover dispenser Wom 40 Lower section of bar 200 1,960 Frenger Pool Restroom renovations 770 770 WIA Buildina Restroom 7,000 Ramp and Entrance 12,820 _ Alarm System AudibleNisual 700 20,520 Codes Enforcement Ramp 1,600 One parking space 120 Restrooms 5,272 6,992 Fire Station 1 Restrooms 8,330 8,330 75,936 Page 1 ADA Update Report July 1998 FJ Training: Class attendance for the Program Access and Service requirements of the ADA was very small (7). A special session is currently being coordinated with the Planning Department front desk staff and Customer Service at Finance to be conducted after hours to accommodate their need to remain at the service counters during business hours. Regular meetings with the Inspectors in the Planning Department have now been scheduled every other week to provide training and technical assistance on the accessibility requirements of the New Mexico Building Code, ANSI 117, ADAAG and Fair Housing. The training curriculum on the requirements of the FMLA ready and Flo Pierce, Jerry Nevarez and I have all agreed to rotate training responsibilities. A special session utilizing the new curriculum will be conducted on August 6. The training on Fair Housing, originally planned to utilize a representative of HUD, has been placed on hold due to unresolved issues at HUD. Technical Assistance Requests # of Resident Calls/Complaints Received: Internal Requests for Technical Assistance: Private Requests for Technical Assistance: Human Resources: 18 Up from 10 in June 40 Up from 25 in June 12 Up from 8 in June Two on -going ADA accommodation issues continue to require significant time and attention working with the employee and their physician(s). 29 jobs were analyzed and updated job descriptions written and approved by the departments. ADA Facility Improvements: • Bids for the ADA facility improvements for Meerscheidt, Young Park, and the City Office Center were received. The low bidder was Las Cruces Classic Construction with a bid of $62,940. A council resolution will be prepared and presented. These projects utilize 1997/98 ADA resources requested to be carried over into this fiscal year. • The installation of the emergency communication devices for the Judicial Building, City Hall, Branigan Library and City Office Center are nearing comletion. • A self - operated lift has been installed at Frenger Pool. The pre- existing lift is being moved to Laabs Pool in response from a person with a disability who uses that pool. G PC • The ADA Advisory Board has approved a facility improvement work plan for the current fiscal year to include the following, contingent upon actual bid prices: City Hall Develop an accessible restroom facility Modify one Council Chamber podium Replace north entrance door WIA Building Replace the ramp with an accessible design Develop and accessible restroom facility Install emergency alarms City Office Center Replace the entrance door to Human Resources Codes Enforcement Develop a ramp to the entrance Modify restrooms Designate accessible parking Harty Baseball Remodel restrooms Pave paths of travel to and within the baseball seating areas Install a drinking fountain Fire Station 1 Remodel restrooms Sidewalks Codes Enforcement is actively pursue notifying homeowners and businesses of the need to remove sidewalk obstructions of trees, shrubs and dirt. A public awareness campaign of newspaper advertisements and PSA's is being discussed to address the continuing issue of trash containers being placed and left on sidewalks. Victor Garcia, Carol McCall, Ellen Smyth and myself will be pursuing this educational plan in the coming weeks and months. Other: The ADA Hotline has now been disconnected following PSA's to inform the public of this pending action and to provide the telephone number for this office. b U J NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING ADA Advisory Board The monthly meeting of the City of Las Cruces ADA Advisory Board will hold its monthly meeting as follows: Date: Wednesday, July 15, 1998 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Location: Branigan Memorial Library, Pearl Higgins Room Second Floor If you need an accommodation to attend and participate in this Board meeting, please contact the City ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance at 528 -340IN or 528- 3403 /TTY. ,p I S" - III- � o 0 A 0 J AZOLt