Blue Earth County ADA Transition Plan & Inventory

3/19/2019

Thank you to those who attended the recent public information meeting for the MAPO ADA Transition Plan and Inventory. Project partners are working to finalize plans based on comments received and will be presenting plans to agencies for adoption in the coming months. Please visit again soon to see final draft plans and key dates for final adoption.

Please reach out to project contacts at any time if you have questions.


Blue Earth County has completed a Self-Evaluation of pedestrian facilities within its jurisdiction and an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan that documents the following:

  1. Self-Evaluation Process
  2. Identified Barriers to Accessibility in Pedestrian Infrastructure
  3. Plan and Schedule for Removal of Barriers from the System

Please go to the following link to see the draft ADA Transition Plan for Blue Earth County and provide your comments on the draft plan in the comment box provided in this page.

Blue Earth County will adopt Part 1 along with Part 6 below as the full ADA Transition Plan for the County.

Part 1 – Draft MAPO ADA Transition Plan
This is the overarching MAPO ADA Transition Plan and Inventory document that identifies process requirements, methodology, and public outreach for all MAPO Partner Agencies.

Part 6 – Draft Blue Earth County ADA Transition Plan
This is specific to Blue Earth County serving in concurrence with Part 1 as the official Blue Earth County ADA Transition Plan and Inventory.

Overview

As part of a larger effort led by the Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO), Blue Earth County is working to ensure pedestrian infrastructure along county roads is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each jurisdiction within MAPO is performing a Self-Evaluation of the policies, practices and pedestrian infrastructure within public rights-of-way to identify ADA deficiencies that pose barriers to safe and efficient access for all users. Each jurisdiction will also complete an ADA Transition Plan that will provide a plan, schedule, and planning-level costs for upgrading pedestrian infrastructure and the removal of barriers to accessibility within the public rights of way.

Data Collection for the Blue Earth County Self-Evaluation has begun and should conclude by spring of 2018. The Blue Earth County ADA Transition Plan development process will conclude in March of 2019 and will be included in the greater MAPO ADA Transition Plan document along with the other MAPO jurisdictions.

Please visit this page again for updates to the project schedule, notifications of upcoming public meetings, and other materials prepared as part of this process.

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Public Comment

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Under Title II of the ADA as well as 28 CFR 35.105 and 28 CFR 35.150, agencies are required to perform a Self- Evaluation and complete a Transition Plan to ensure all users have equal access to pedestrian facilities, services and programs.


Public Input: As required by 28 CFR 35, All entities are required to provide the public opportunity to participate throughout the planning process and submit concerns or complaints regarding pedestrian infrastructure. Please access the following link if you would like to submit a concern or comment.

Contacts

Ryan Thilges – Blue Earth County ADA Coordinator
507-304-4025 
ryan.thilges@co.blueearth.mn.us

Matt Lassonde – Transportation Planner
507-625.4171
matthewla@bolton-menk.com

Grievance Procedure

Code of Federal Regulations Title 28

§35.107 Designation of responsible employee and adoption of grievance procedures.
… (b) Complaint procedure. A public entity that employs 50 or more persons shall adopt and publish grievance procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited by this part.