The City uses the following methods to ensure compliance with ADA:
The City's transition plan identifies accessibility gaps in city-owned facilities and stipulates a systematic approach to address issues on a continual basis. This plan identifies barriers in programs and activities that prevent persons with disabilities from access (includes evaluation and policies/practices). Its key objective is to provide equivalent access to the maximum extent possible. This plan:
Each permit that is submitted to the City to construct a new building, must comply with ADA guidelines and is part of the approval and inspection process. If the cost of the building/renovation is over 50 thousand dollars, the permit must accompany documentation that a Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) is also monitoring ADA Compliance. New additions and renovations to existing buildings must also comply with ADA requirements, however, the entire building does not need to be brought into compliance.
City ordinance stipulates that it shall be the duty of the owner of property abutting on any public street containing a sidewalk, curb or gutter to keep such sidewalk, curb or gutter in repair. When the code enforcement division finds that any such sidewalk, curb, or gutter is in hazardous condition because of the need for repairs or faulty construction, he may notify the owner of the abutting property to make such repairs or changes as may be necessary to put the sidewalk, curb or gutter in a safe condition. If the owner fails to make such repairs or changes within a reasonable time given in the notice, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as provided in Sections 1.08.010 through 1.08.030.If the owner fails to comply with the notice, the city may authorize the work to be done by city forces or by contract, and may, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, assess the actual cost of the repairs against the abutting property and its owner. The assessment shall be recorded in the county clerk's office and the assessment shall then constitute a first and prior lien against the property from the date the improvements are ordered and shall be personal liability and charge against the owner of the property.
City Ordinance #9779 was passed by the City of El Paso in 1989 and requires the City of El Paso and recipients who receive financial assistance (funds, services of City personnel, or real or personal property) to provide a self-assurance that individuals with disabilities will not be discriminated against in their programs and hiring practices and self-evaluation of their facilities to determine if physical barriers exist that limit accessibility. The ordinance requires that a transition plan for the removal of barriers be developed if any exist.
The City plays a liaison role between citizens and the private sector to educate, inform and encourage ADA compliance through public accommodation. If there is an issue with a private entity not being ADA-compliant, the City encourages the constituents to first contact the entity in violation and try to work out a reasonable accommodation that is viable to both parties. If such a process is hindered by communication or lack of willingness to comply, the City will work with the citizen to enable the process to continue until a resolution is achieved. If no resolution can be achieved, state officials overseeing ADA compliance over the private sector will be contacted to ensure a proper outcome.
If you own a private business and would like to be more ADA-compliant but don't have the funds to do so. Contact Isela Robinson at (915) 212-1675 the Community Development, through the Empower Zone, has some 0% and low-interest rate loans to help your business become ADA-compliant
If you would like to know more on how to self-evaluate your business please review the Guidelines/Self-Evaluation For Community Development And City Of El Paso Subrecipients form.