59 Town Hall Sq.
Falmouth, MA 02540
|Meeting Schedule||3rd Tues, 5p.m., Falmouth Recreation Building-Arts and Crafts Room|
Minutes from 07/21/2016
Secretary: Nancy Serbun
COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES Revised Annual Report
The Falmouth Commission on Disabilities meets nearly every month typically on the 3rd Thursday at 5 PM in the Civil Defense Meeting Room at Town Hall. Jane Perry has served as elected Chairperson for the last few years. Jim Manning and Robin Manning were reappointed to another three-year term, along with our newest members, Kathleen Haynes, Betsy Zimmerli, Brenda Floyd, Nancy Serbun, Kim Douglas. Jim Manning continues as our Secretary. George Spivey has retired as our ADA Coordinator. We thank him for his time serving as our liaison to town departments and staff. We have met most months this year and our attendance averages 90%.
The public is always welcome at our meetings. The Commission would like to thank the Town Manager, selectmen, elected officials, town departments, boards, committees, commissions, and staff for their support and assistance for the disabled community.
At the April Special Town Meeting, Article 2, Handicapped Parking Bylaw 240-108.1.B, was amended by the planning Board and passed. The community will have to comply with disability standards set by both the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Massachusetts Archtectural Access Board (AAB). The Commission continues to advocate for van-accessible parking spaces. Sergeants Sean Doyle, Christopher Hamilton, and Ben Guthrie regularly attend our meetings to update us on handicapped parking violations. Building Commission Eladio Gore and Zoning Enforcement Office Ollie Fitzpatrick continue to monitor and seek compliance with handicapped parking regulations.
Some accomplishments in recent years include the following:
The Waste Management Facility now has two van-accessible spaces near the Swap Shop drip-off site. The new Lawrence School parking plan included seven van-accessible spaces. Three spaces are near the auditorium; three spaces are near the gymnasium; and one space faces the playing field. A five-foot sidewalk was installed at the Mullen-Hall School, allowing mobility devices to pass in both directions safely. The four, van-accessible spaces have been combined into one, van-accessible space, close to the sidewalk, with one, regular, accessible, parking space. The Parks Department is currently
installing an accessible pathway, cooking grill with a protective,
overhead cover, and a picnic table near the Pavilion at Goodwill
- Mass. Architectural Access Board
Office for Civil Rights: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
HUD: U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development
ADA Best Practices: Toolkit for state and local gov'ts
CORD: Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions