Chisago County contracted with Stonebrooke Engineering to help create an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan that meets the requirements of Title II, State and Local Governments Services of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Marc Briese was the project manager for this effort. A kick-off meeting was held to determine the appropriate scope, schedule, and budget for the project. The scope was specifically built to address the needs of Chisago County, while meeting the ADA requirements and adhering the Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) to the extent practical. This means that non-compliant curb ramps, sidewalks, and entrances to public buildings were not automatically recommended for inclusion in the CIP for repair or replacement. But rather, the existing facilities were inventoried as part of the self-assessment, their condition was assessed, and a determination was made by the county as to the appropriate timing for repairs or replacement.
Because of our previous experience developing a template of an ADA Transition Plan for Sherburne County and MnDOT State Aid and associated training for county employees, we were able to complete the Chisago County ADA Transition Plan project for roughly 50% of the initial budgeted amount. A testimonial was provided by Sherburne County Public Works Director, John Menter, that summarizes the process used in developing the template and lessons learned: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/stateaid/ada/CreatingADATransitionPlan.pdf