Cumberland County approved a resolution that appointed Brooke T. Shaffer as its Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator in order to meet Title II compliance. Shaffer also serves as the county’s human resources director.
It also includes a grievance procedure to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The procedure may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability by Cumberland County on the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits.
Complaints should be sent in writing to ADA Coordinator at 2 N. Main St. Crossville, TN 38555, Suite 203, attention HR.
The ADA coordinator will contact the complaint within 15 days of receipt of the complaint to discuss the complaint and will respond in writing within 15 days.
Another requirement for the county is to post the contact information included the coordinator’s name and business address.
The resolution 06-2019-2 to adopt the ADA and name a coordinator was unanimously approved after David Gibson, 4th District, moved for approval. Gibson’s motion was supported by Deborah Holbrook, 8th District commissioner.
Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster said the county will also be required to adopt the ADA Act and have a transition plan to bring all of the county facilities up to date on ADA requirements. The plan also has to include county roads and sidewalks. The assessment and transition plan will most likely be performed by an outside agency. The plan will be due by the end of the year.
In other areas, the county approved a license agreement between the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Cumberland County to provide office space for the Ground Water Protection staff. The office is in the basement floor of the Cumberland County Courthouse.
The term of the lease will run through June 30, 2020. The lease is renewed or reconsidered annually and is leased at $350 per month.
A 90-day notice is required for either party to end the lease agreement.
The agreement resolution was unanimously approved.