The city of Seguin is taking the necessary steps to ensure all of its buildings and infrastructure meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Seguin City Council voted unanimously to approve a professional services agreement with BlueDag for their online software that will assist the city in creating an ADA transition plan during a Tuesday night meeting.

According to a city memo, in the early 1990s cities were required to begin reviewing their facilities to see which met ADA requirements as well as create a transition plan. The transition plans, which are meant to be reviewed periodically, lay out the noncompliant items, timelines of when the facilities are going to be updated and project costs.

While the city of Seguin changed its policies to ensure new street and sidewalk projects meet ADA code and made other city projects ADA compliant such as Park West, it has never formally adopted a transition plan, Seguin City Attorney Andy Quittner said.

“We’ve been working around the edges of this for several years. I know one group made a presentation to staff and council jointly,” he said. “When working with that group, I could never get a proposal or anything concrete out of them. Since then other groups have talked to us and BlueDag has a very interesting process because everything is web-based and you can use iPads and all of that to take measurements.”

BlueDag’s Internet-based software will automatically map any streets and buildings with the use of GPS and photos and generate the information needed to move forward to building a plan, Quittner said.

For five years, the program costs $48,000 per year and the city already has $125,000 budgeted for the initial development, a city memo said.

“The amount covered will pay for two years of service, and some of the cost of interns needed for the work,” the memo said. “After a year of data input, the staff should have a better idea of what will be needed to complete the process.”

Quittner said the city hopes to reach out to Texas Lutheran University to get students involved as interns to help on the project.

“It’s a long term process. I mean we’ve got to walk all the streets and measure all the sidewalks, curb cuts and then buildings,” Quittner said.

The professional services agreement was approved following a motion by Councilwoman Fonda Mathis and a second by Councilwoman Penny Wallace.

 

Valerie Bustamante is a staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at valerie.bustamante@seguingazette.com .

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