Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Richard W. Robison, Center District Supervisor

October 11, 2007

Staff Lead:


Catherine M. Heritage, Assistant County Administrator

County Administration


A Work Session to Discuss Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Requirements

Topic Description:

Title 2 of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that localities develop a plan to address accessibility in public buildings.  In early 2007, at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, staff contracted with Samaha Associates to conduct an ADA Accessibility Report on those buildings used by the County for public meetings.  These included the Warrenton Middle School, the Warren Green Building, the Warrenton Community Center and the John Barton Payne Building.   The Sheriff’s Office was also added, as there had been a recent citizen complaint about accessibility.

In June 2007, Samaha submitted its report.  After considering the number and scope of the renovations needed to make Warrenton Middle School accessible, staff recommended that the best immediate solution would be to not use that building for public meetings.  Given the fact that a new public safety building was being contemplated, no immediate recommendations were made for the Sheriff’s Office.

Thus, the report and staff’s recommendations concentrated on the Warren Green Building, the John Barton Payne Building and the Warrenton Community Center.  At the request of the Disabilities Services Board (DSB), they were given the opportunity to review the Samaha report and make suggestions and recommendations.  They did so—in many cases providing alternatives more cost effective than the Samaha report.  The summary attached is the combined recommendation of Samaha and the DSB for accessibility adjustments in the three buildings.  The cost estimates are based on Sahama’s estimates and where alternate solutions have been proposed by the DSB, they are generally less expensive.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Conduct a Work Session.

Financial Impacts Analysis:   

Approximately $45,000 to $60,000

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Budget Office
General Services
Disability Services Board



1.      ADA Recommendations to the Disability Services Board

2.      ADA Accessibility Report Summary

3.      Draft ADA Accessiblity Report      (file size: 6 megabytes)

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