ADA, Title VI forum set for June 20

COVINGTON -- The city of Covington will host a public forum from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, regarding the Federal Title VI Civil Rights Act and the Title II of the American's With Disabilities Act.

The forum, which will take place in the Planning & Zoning Conference Room at 2116 Stalling St., is part of the city's efforts to remain in compliance with the acts and to continue to receive Federal Highway Transportation Administration funds, as funneled through the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The FHTA will be auditing recipients of those funds for compliance, so GDOT has asked cities to update ADA and Title VI transition plans implemented in the early 1990s, according to Ronnie Cowan, Covington's director of administrative services.

"Those who are expected to attend would be those individuals with disabilities who would use city facilities," said Cowan. "The emphasis on the forum is to discuss accessibility to and from city facilities. The City has complied with the ADA and Title VI of the CRA as required over the years, so it is not expected that anyone would have any issues regarding access to and from city-owned buildings."

Cowan said a review of accessibility to and from city facilities has been made and a few needed changes were identified, such as changes to curb and sidewalks around some buildings.

"The City will be making these required changes as part of its general maintenance during the next year. The public forum is a requirement of the transition plan and I remember holding these forums back then, however, we thought it reasonable to hold these forums again in case there were some concerns from the disabled community regarding access to city facilities," Cowan said.