Attachment C: Modifications to Altered Facilities

 

 

Altered Facilities:  In order to ensure that the following spaces and elements in Town facilities for which alterations commenced after January 26, 1992, are readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, the Town will take the following actions:

 

1.         Within 12 months of the effective date of this agreement, the Town will complete the following modifications to the Town Hall located at 178 West Jefferson Avenue.

 

                        A.        Parking

 

i.          There is no van accessible parking space with a 96 inch wide access aisle and van accessible sign provided in the parking lot.  Provide a parking space that is van accessible.  Ensure that the van accessible space is a minimum of 96 inches wide and served by an access aisle at least 96 inches wide.  At van accessible spaces, provide an additional "Van-Accessible" sign located below the International Symbol of Accessibility.  Ensure that all spaces and access aisles for persons with disabilities are flat and level, with slopes and cross-slopes not exceeding 1:50 in all directions, and that their surfaces are firm, stable, and slip-resistant.  Standards §§ 4.1.2(5), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.6, 4.30.7(1).

 

B.         Signage

 

i.          There is no directional signage at the inaccessible Town Police Department rear entrance directing people with mobility impairments towards the accessible Town Hall entrances.  Provide accessible directional signage with the International Symbol of Accessibility at the rear entrance indicating the locations of the designated accessible entrances. Standards §§ 4.1.3(8)(d), 4.1.3(16)(b), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.13, 4.30.

 

ii.          There is no signage at the front and westside entry doors designating them as the accessible entrances.  Provide accessible signage with the International Symbol of Accessibility at the front and westside entrances designating them as the accessible permanent entrances.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(8)(d), 4.1.3(16)(b), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.13, 4.30.

 

iii.         There is no accessible permanent room signage provided for the interior Town Police Department entry door.  Provide permanent room signage with upper case, sans serif or simple serif type letters and numerals, meeting the requirements of the Standards for character height, raised characters, finish and contrast, accompanied by Grade 2 Braille; mounted on the wall adjacent to the latch side of the door or on the nearest adjacent wall at a height of 60 inches above the finished floor to the centerline of the sign; and located so that a person may approach within 3 inches of the signage without encountering protruding objects or standing within the swing of a door.  Standards §§ 4.1.2(7), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.30.1, 4.30.4, 4.30.5, 4.30.6.

 

C.        Exterior Ramps

 

i.          The westside entrance ramp is inaccessible because there is a 1 inch step at the bottom of the ramp, there are no handrails or handrail extensions provided on the ramp, and there is no edge protection.  Provide a ramp that is at least 36 inches wide with a slope not exceeding 1:12 and a cross slope not exceeding 1:50; with level landings at least as wide as the ramp and 60 inches long at the top and bottom of the ramp; and with edge protection at least 2 inches high at the drop off sides.  Provide handrails that are between 1 inches and 1 inches in diameter with a continuous gripping surface along both sides of the ramp, extending at least 12 inches beyond the top and bottom of the ramp parallel with the ground surface.  Ensure that handrails are mounted between 34 inches and 38 inches above the ramp surface, with ends rounded or returned smoothly to the floor, wall, or post, and that they do not rotate within their fittings.  Ensure that the ramp and approaches are designed so that water will not accumulate on walking surfaces.  Standards §§ 4.1.2(1), 4.1.2(2), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.3.8, 4.8.

 

D.        Interior Entry Doors

 

i.          The interior front vestibule entry door is inaccessible because the pressure required to open the door is greater than 5 pounds.  Provide a door that requires no more than 5 pounds of force to open.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(7)(b), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.13.11(2)(b).

 

E.         Service Counters

 

i.          The Administration service counter is inaccessible because it is mounted at 42 inches above the finished floor.  Provide a counter on an accessible route such that a portion of the counter is at least 36 inches wide and no more than 36 inches above the finished floor, or provide an auxiliary counter with a maximum height of 36 inches in close proximity to the main counter, or provide equivalent facilitation.   Equivalent facilitation may be provided in the form of a folding shelf attached to the main counter, an auxiliary table nearby, a clip board made available to the public, or other means.  Standards §§ 4.1.1(2), 4.1.6(1)(b), 7.2(2), 4.1.3(1), 4.3.

 

F.         Drinking Fountains

 

i.          There is no drinking fountain provided for people who have difficulty bending or stooping.  For each accessible drinking fountain, provide a drinking fountain that is accessible to people who have difficulty bending or stooping.  This can be accommodated by the use of a "hi-lo" fountain; by providing one fountain accessible to those who use wheelchairs and one fountain at a standard height convenient for those who have difficulty bending; by providing a fountain accessible to people who use wheelchairs and a cup dispenser, or by such other means as would achieve the required accessibility for each group of people.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(10)(a), 4.1.6(1)(b).

 

G.        Town Meeting Room

 

i.          The Town Meeting Room is inaccessible to people with hearing impairments because there is no assistive listening system ("ALS") provided.  Provide a permanently installed ALS or a portable ALS with an adequate number of electrical outlets or other supplementary wiring necessary to support a portable assistive listening system.  Also provide at least 2 receivers for use by the general public and signage indicating their availability.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(19)(b), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.30, 4.33.

 

H.        Men's and Women's Toilet Rooms

 

                        i.          The entry door opening pressure for each toilet room is greater than 5 pounds.  Provide a door in each toilet room that requires no more than 5 pounds of force to open.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(7)(b), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.13.11(2)(b).

 

                        ii.          The paper towel dispenser is inaccessible in each toilet room because the controls are mounted at 56 inches above the finished floor in the men's toilet room, and 55 inches above the finished floor in the women's toilet room.  Provide a paper towel dispenser in each toilet room with the controls a maximum height above the finished floor of 48 inches for a forward approach or 54 inches for a side approach and that is accompanied by clear floor space of 30 by 48 inches that allows a forward or parallel approach by a person using a wheelchair.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(13), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.27.2, 4.27.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6.

           

iii.         The toilet in the men's designated accessible stall is inaccessible because the flush control is on the closed side of the stall.  Provide a flush control mounted on the "open" side of the toilet's clear floor space; 44 inches or less above the finished floor; and requiring a maximum of 5 pounds of force to operate; or provide an automatic flush device.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(11), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.22.4, 4.16.5, 4.17.2, 4.27.4.

 

iv.         The toilet paper dispenser is inaccessible because it is mounted on the wrong wall and out of reach in the women's designated accessible stall, and 43 inches from the rear wall in the men's designated accessible stall.  Provide a toilet paper dispenser that is mounted with its top at least 1 inches under the side grab bar and 36 inches or less from the rear wall and is centered at least 19 inches above the finished floor.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(11), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.22.4, 4.17.3, Fig. 30(d).

 

v.         There is no accessible coat hook provided in each designated accessible stall.  Provide a coat hook at a maximum height above the finished floor of 48 inches for a forward approach or 54 inches for a side approach and that is accompanied by clear floor space of 30 by 48 inches that allows a forward or parallel approach by a person using a wheelchair.  Standards §§ 4.1.3(12)(a), 4.1.6(1)(b), 4.25.2, 4.25.3, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6.