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The City of Roswell will hold a public meeting Aug. 1 regarding a 2017 update to its Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Transition Plan.
The meeting is a chance for the public to learn more about the plan and provide comments or recommendations for ADA-related modifications to city facilities, services or programs.
The Aug. 1 meeting will take place at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center (912 N. Main St.) at 6 p.m.
The American with Disabilities Act requires all municipalities to provide access to people with disabilities. This applies to city buildings such as City Hall and the Convention and Civic Center, as well as other public facilities such as streets and sidewalks. In order to keep receiving federal funding for various projects, the city is required to comply with the ADA.
When the ADA was put into place, the federal government realized no city could upgrade everything instantly to comply with the ADA. There is not enough money and not enough contractors available to do all of the work that would be required. So the federal government requires a plan from each city and other governmental units. This plan takes stock of existing facilities and prioritizes and schedules upgrades to comply with the ADA.
The City of Roswell is now working on a required update to that plan that shows progress and indicates what the city has planned for the future. Getting public input is part of the plan-update process.