ADA Advisory Committee

Meeting Minutes

November 24, 1997, Monday

7:00 p.m., Conference Room, Juneau Library

I. Roll Call

Members Present: Earl Clark, Ken Dean, Corinne Conlon, Linda Newman,

Cora Miller, Wadell Snyder

Members Absent: Carmen Katasse

Staff Present: Barbara Berg, Libraries; John Kern, Capital Transit

Others Present: None

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. by Mr. Clark, Chairman. A quorum was present.

II. Public Participation on Non-Agenda Items: None

III. Approval of Agenda

Add Item A. Library Facilities and Software for Persons With Disabilities and Item B. Draft Accessibility Checklist to V. New Business. Approved as amended unanimously.

IV. Approval of Minutes - October 27, 1997 approved unanimously.

V. New Business

A. Library Facilities and Software for Persons With Disabilities - Barbara Berg:

Ms. Berg discussed the JAWS software available on the computers in each library. She explained the update and new software for the text reading programs as well as the current use and awareness of accessible formats at the library.

B. Draft Accessibility Checklist: Mr. Clark distributed a draft accessibility checklist to committee members. He requested a discussion of whether the Committee would desire to take on creating such a checklist to be used as a tool to educate the community on ADA.

After discussion the Committee decided they needed clarification on the definition and scope of their role as ADA educators. Consequently, Donna Pierce will be invited to the January meeting and an agenda item for a follow-up discussion will be added.

VI. Old Business

A. Publicity Committee - Web Site Page: Ms. Conlon explained that she did not know at this time if the corrections and additions requested by the Committee had been completed. Ms. Conlon has been unable to get together with Barbara Berg on this project.

VII. Chair Report

A. ADA Telephone Forum: The first conference was very successful. The next one will be December 11th. The sites for the conference are SAIL, BMH and DVR headquarters at the Gold Belt Building. All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

B. Annual Report: Discussions were done with Ms. Boesser and the City Clerk as to the appropriate content of the report. Members were requested to provide input and may be contacted by the Chair. The Chair plans to request the Committee on Committees make this Committee a standing committee.

C. ADA Compliance Authority: Contact was made with Ms. Boesser regarding the compliance of ADA regulations and the new credit union building. As a result of this, the Chair reported that blue prints reviewed by the City do not have to be in ADA compliance. It is up to the building inspector to seek ADA compliance by the builders.

VIII. Agenda Items for Next Meeting - New Business: Donna Pierce and Follow-up Discussion.

IX. Adjournment: The next meeting will be December 22, 1997. There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:36 p.m., November 24, 1997.


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