Commission on Disabilities

ChairmanKathleen Haynes
Vice/ChairmanBetsy Zimmerli
LocationTown Hall
59 Town Hall Sq.
Falmouth, MA 02540
E-Mail Address
Meeting Schedule3rd Tues, 5p.m., Falmouth Recreation Building-Arts and Crafts Room
Agenda from 08/16/2016
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Secretary:            Nancy Serbun
Falmouth Commission on Disabilities
Mission Statement

The mission of the Falmouth Commission on Disabilities is to achieve access for Falmouth’s citizens with disabilities and visitors to our town’s many attractions, and to assure compliance by the town and businesses with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Access Board (AAB).


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 Park.

The Eastern Bank on Main Street has constructed an accessible pathway to their outside ATM. The Bank of America on Davis Straits has modified a teller window to accommodate a person using a wheelchair and redesigned its parking lot to provide two, very convenient, van-accessible parking spaces. The ATM is audible via headphones and offers Braille for the visually impaired. The Beach Committee and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Workforce Staff installed a ramp at Old Silver Beach near the concession stand and bath house. The SMILE organization donated a “Mobi Surf Chair,” which is stored at the Surf Drive Bathhouse,.

Jane Perry attended several seminars, representing the Commission on Disabilities which included the Open Meeting Law, Conflict of Interest Law, Recordkeeping Law, Community Access Monitoring Training, Complete Streets, and the 25% design hearings on the Jones Road and Davisville intersections.

Jane Perry