Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee Special Meeting Minutes

 May 15, 2017

Immediately following 2:00 p.m. regular committee meeting


Topic: Projects to improve intersections and crosswalks for the disabled community and transportation for handicapped and elderly


Location: City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall – St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street


In attendance: Council Members Al Ferraro (Chair), Greg Anderson, John Crescimbeni, Doyle Carter, Anna Lopez Brosche


Also: Paige Johnston - Office of General Counsel; Kim Taylor - Council Auditor’s Office, Jordan Elsbury - Mayor’s Office, Colleen Hampsey - Council Research Division; Samantha Lane  -Legislative Services Division.


The Chairman called the meeting to order at 3:13 p.m.


Kevin McDaniel, Chief ADA Coordinator delivered a presentation on disability projects within the city. Mr. Daniel spoke about the importance of effective communication with persons with disabilities in the sidewalk/street crossing environment in order to implement regulations for Title II of the ADA, which covers state and local governments. Effective methods of communication include: Detectable warning mats at pedestrian street crossings, Delineators at flush transitions where pedestrian crossing is not intended, Accessible Pedestrian Signals, and Wayfinding Technology for Visually-Impaired. Mr. Daniel also explained the safety concerns associated with pedestrian access to the right of way, where protruding objects act as barriers for a person who is visually or physically impaired.

Mr. Daniel discussed the White Cane Law, which stipulates that “It is unlawful for any person, unless totally or partially blind or otherwise incapacitated, while on any public street or highway, to carry in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white tipped with red”. The law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at intersections if a pedestrian is crossing.

Mr. Daniel spoke briefly about the organizational structure of the Disabled Services Department. The Chief ADA Coordinator is charged with the coordination with all City departments and agencies to ensure compliance and provides a check and balance process to City partners and other Departments with ADA Compliance under Title II and Title III of the ADA. The ADA Project Manager conducts field inspections of city-owned facilities and properties during new construction, reviews construction plans for compliance, and manages compliance documents and submits reports to the Department of Justice. The Disabled Services Division also identifies grants to improve accessibility throughout the City’s streets and crossings, to include adding Accessible Pedestrian Signals and tactile and Braille communication as needed.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:43 p.m.


Colleen Hampsey, Council Research Division

Posted 5.17.17   12:00 p.m.