THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF HALTON HILLS 3rd MUNICIPAL ACCESSIBILITY PLAN 1. Municipality Participating in this Plan The Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills 1 Halton Hills Drive Halton Hills, ON L7G 5G2 2. Key Contact Debbie Edmonds, Accessibility Plan Coordinator (905) 873-2601 ext. 2332 email@example.com 3. Population 51,300 As of 2004 Town of Halton Hills (Economic Development) 4. Municipal Highlights Settled since the early 1800’s, Halton Hills is an amalgamated community located just northwest of Toronto. There are two urban centers, Georgetown and Acton, which are surrounded by a natural area (Esquesing) with three hamlets – Stewarttown, Norval and Glen Williams. In addition, the settlement clusters of Limehouse, Hornby and Ballinafad, Ashgrove and Whaley’s Corners form an integral part of the rich history of Halton Hills. The 401, 25 and 407 Highways border Halton Hills providing easy access to any center. Exciting cultural and community events, such as the Spring Arts Open House (Williams Mill), Georgetown Farmers Market (Saturdays, June to mid-October), Canada Day Celebrations (Glen Williams), and Acton and Georgetown Fall Fairs are held throughout the year. Many residents and visitors appreciate the natural beauty of the Willow Park Ecology Centre and Lucy Maud Montgomery Garden in Norval. The Limehouse Conservation area forms a picturesque section of the Bruce Trail as part of the Niagara Escarpment. In 1974, these communities were amalgamated to form Halton Hills and the municipal leadership of the Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills. Page 1 5. Town Services The Town is responsible for the delivery of the following services: • Town Roads • Economic Development • Court Administration • Town Parks and Facilities • Recreational Programming • Library Services • Fire Protection and Prevention Services • Planning • Development Financing • Human Services Planning • Building Permit Processing • Licensing • ActiVan Transportation Services 6. Executive Summary The Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, was proclaimed on September 30, 2002. Its goal is to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities. The Act provides for the establishment of a Committee of Council to be involved in identifying, removing and preventing barriers within the municipality. The new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 received Royal Assent on June 14, 2005 requiring municipalities to continue to improve accessibility in the community in order to meet their obligations under the Act. The Town of Halton Hills meets the requirements of the Act through the preparation and implementation of an annual Accessibility Plan. This is the third plan (2005-2006) prepared by the Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee. The Town recently appointed two new members to the Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee also referred to as HHAAC. The Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee is a Committee of Council that reports directly to Council. Staff representation from each department provides support to the Committee. As required by the ODA, HHAAC is instrumental in the development and evaluation of the effectiveness of our Accessibility Plan. HHAAC is committed to working with staff and the community to develop standards that reflect the community’s needs. Halton Hills Council seeks the input of the Committee in establishing criteria for current and new policies and practices. 7. Committee Members The members of the Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee are: • Councillor Moya Johnson – Chair • Mayor Rick Bonnette (Ex-officio) • Garry Gore, Citizen Member • Chris Kenopic, Citizen Member • Wayne MacDonald, Citizen Member • Kathleen Williams, Citizen Member • Bill Leslie, Citizen Member • Jerry Ford, Citizen Member • Maria Smorong, Citizen Member • Michelle Lowe, Citizen Member • Judy Fewster, Citizen Member 8. Working Group Members and contact information Working Group Department Contact Information Members (905) 873-2601 ext 2365 Terry Alyman Recreation & Parks firstname.lastname@example.org (905) 873-2601 ext 2501 Jane Diamanti Library email@example.com (905) 873-2601 ext 2210 Simone Gourlay Purchasing firstname.lastname@example.org (905) 873-2601 ext 2313 Rick Henry Engineering & Public Works email@example.com (905) 873-2601 ext 2332 Debbie Edmonds Clerks firstname.lastname@example.org (905) 873-2601 ext 2296 Bruce MacLean Planning email@example.com (905) 873-2601 ext 2113 Bob Meads Fire firstname.lastname@example.org Building, Zoning & (905) 873-2601 ext 2388 Henry Tse Enforcement email@example.com 9. Methods Used to Identify Barriers The Committee and the Working Group Members used the following barrier- identification methodologies: Methodology Description Status Disabled Persons The Committee reviewed the Disabled The Committee Parking Study Persons Parking Study by the IBI completed its review Review Group, a detailed study of existing on- in 2005. street and off-street parking for disabled persons making several of their own recommendations for improvements to Town-wide parking including proposed amendments to the Parking By-laws. HHAAC Facility The Committee has toured all of the Completed 2005 Audit Survey Tours town-owned facilities conducting facility of Town-owned pre-audit surveys for each. The details facilities using of the common barriers to accessibility Accessibility identified by the Committee and Checklists created recommendations for removal are by the Canadian contained in a comprehensive report Standards that will be available in January 2006. Association and Ontario Human Rights Community HHAAC is hosting a Community Open To be held on Monday, Outreach House to promote awareness of the December 5, 2005. work of the Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee to the community on or about the International Day of Disabled Persons. Staff/Consultant/ The Halton Hills Accessibility On-going Vendor Committees’ hands-on approach to Delegations and barrier removal and prevention often Presentations results in common sense, low-cost, and creative solutions. Staff has consulted the Committee by attending Committee meetings to gain valuable insight and input into decision-making. Works and Engineering, Parks and Recreation staff, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities and organizers for a Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event addressed the Committee as delegations in 2005. Conference Members of the Committee attended June 2005 Delegates the Access II Ontario Conference and Halton Region’s Joint Accessibility November 2005 Advisory Committee Meeting to learn new ways to identify barriers and prevention of barriers through examination of site plans. News Column The Independent provided space in the Monthly throughout Health Matters Section of the 2005 newspaper for a monthly column on accessibility. This provides a forum for community awareness and also for disabled persons in the community to contact the Committee with accessibility issues and barrier identification. In particular, the Committee received input regarding sidewalk and intersection conditions hazardous to wheelchair and power chair users. Public Members of the Committee addressed April 25, 2005 Presentations Council at the Public Meetings regarding Transit and heard from others in the community such as Seniors experiencing similar accessibility problems. The following is a list of Committee meetings held to develop the 2006 Accessibility Plan for Halton Hills: • February 9, 2005 • March 9, 2005 • March 23, 2005 • April 13, 2005 • May 11, 2005 • June 8, 2005 • August 31, 2005 • September 14, 2005 • October 12, 2005 • November 23, 2005 10. Barriers Identified and acted upon in 2005 Barrier and Type Strategy for removal/prevention Status 1. Closed- Throughout 2005, HHAAC discussed the Completed- Captioning of the needs of the deaf, deafened by injury or Recommendation Town of Halton disease, and hard of hearing and their HHAAC 2005- Hills Council inability due to lack of closed captioning to 0009 was adopted Meetings – participate in local politics particularly local by Council on Communication Council meetings. The Chair represented the October 3, 2005. Barrier Committee at meetings with the Mayor and Closed-Captioning executives of the Cogeco Cable company. A of Council Committee member made a compelling commences in presentation to Council through Sign November 2005. Language Interpreters. 2. Retrofitting the The Committee identified a number of Completed- Civic Centre- physical barriers in a facility pre-audit at the November 2005 Physical centre of government, the Civic Centre. A Doors to be Barriers large wide new sidewalk ramp replaces the completed only small one that was often blocked by December 2005 parked vehicles and a second alternate ramp has been installed at the main entrance to the Civic Centre. New sliding doors replace the large entrance doors that were heavy, cumbersome, and difficult for anyone to open and not accessible to wheelchair users. The main General Information counter inside the main entrance is now fully accessible. Accessible desk stations are located in the lower level. 3. Business Requirement included that the premises of a Passed June 28, Licensing By- business is accessible to persons with 2005. law – Policy/ disabilities by reducing or eliminating barriers Attitudinal in accordance with any other Act. Barriers Availability of a licence for Accessible Taxicabs and Drivers. Requirement for Driver Sensitivity Training. Incentive for a first plate free for accessible taxicabs. 4. Implement full The Town installed its first TTY phone at the To be completed local TTY/TDD Civic Centre in 2004. TTY Pay phones are December 2005 telephone features at being installed in 3 other Town facilities in Town Facilities- 2005. Communication 5. Accessibility The first mandatory staff training workshop To be completed Awareness presented by the Coalition for Persons with December 13, Training for Disabilities of Halton Peel 2005 staff- Attitudinal opens minds to a basic understanding of the Barrier different types of disabilities, barriers faced by persons with disabilities, how to prevent barriers, language and terminology, and the effects of the home, work, and community environments. 6. Transit Review- Full consultation with the Works and Completed June Activan Policy Engineering on the Transit Report, “Improved 13, 2005 and Procedures Access to Public Transit for Persons with and Accessible Disabilities” proposing less restrictive Taxicab requirements for using the Activan, to be Services- available to all persons with all types of Transportation disabilities including ambulatory passengers, Barrier expanding hours and areas of operation to include evenings and weekends, and more options such as subsidized taxicabs to get disabled persons where they want to go and when they need to get there. 7. Website Email An accessibility email address was set up to Completed May and Content receive suggestions or comments from the 2005 and ongoing Improvements community. Accessibility in Action News Informational column articles and photos from the Barrier Independent along with the Municipal Accessibility Plan were posted on the website. 8. Information and 1st Joint Annual Meeting with the Region, Completed – resource sharing Burlington, Milton, Oakville, Halton Hills to November 10, between the discuss common issues and work on joint 2005 municipalities of initiatives in future. Halton Region – Information and Communication Barrier 9. Accessibility 1st Community Open House and Public To be completed awareness in Forum to give community a chance to meet December 5, Community – the members of the Committee and to 2005. Communication communicate their accessibility concerns and Barrier feedback regarding the 2006 Municipal Accessibility Plan. 11. Summary of Actions to be completed in 2006 Through the adoption of an Accessibility Plan the Town of Halton Hills will continue to strategically identify, remove and prevent barriers. In preparation of the third municipal accessibility plan, the Town of Halton Hills relied on the expertise available through the members of the Accessibility Committee, consultants, and staff to develop resources where needed and to facilitate short-term and long-term project planning priorities. HHAAC members and Council recognize the importance of meeting the obligations under the Act, and will work diligently to strike a balance between stakeholders’ priorities, town priorities and resources. Community outreach initiatives and utilizing facility audits will enable the Committee to continue to make well-informed decisions. Action Resources Costs Target 1. Develop a 5 Year Coordinate April 2006 Plan for barrier with Working removal based on Group the Facility Audit upon completion In early 2006. . 2. Retrofitting priorities as Coordinate $45,000.00 April to December identified in the through Clerks to retrofit priority items 2006 consultant’s Facility and Facilities as identified in the Audit Staff HHAAC Facility survey, Consultant’s Coordinate Facility Audit, and Safe Power and with Public Sidewalk Review. Wheelchair Users Works and Safe Sidewalk Traffic Review (Repair/ Retrofit/Removal of Hazards and related Traffic Barriers/Urban Braille Initiatives). /Cap. Coordinate $5,000.00 for portion of May 2006 Overhaul of Town’s through the the total cost related to website with Information accessibility accessibility features Technology enhancements. to assist persons with and Clerks disabilities; an Departments. initiative proposed by PRODS and the Corporate Communications Committee /Cap. Coordinate December 2006 3. Continue to train staff to $4,000.00 to hire through better understand and Peel/Halton/Dufferin Human assess disability issues. Coalition for Persons Resources with Disabilities to conduct 3 more Accessibility Awareness Workshops for permanent staff. /Op. 4. Closed-Captioning of Clerks to co- $16,000.00 to fund the March 2006 to Council Meetings ordinate with on-going service of December 2006 Finance and closed- captioning of Cogeco Council meetings /Op. 5. Business Licensing March 2006 Coordinate $2,000.00 for public By-law requires “the through Clerks relations and printed premises of a Department promotional materials business to be Licensing to educate businesses accessible to Section on the accessibility persons with requirement of the new disabilities” in Business Licensing By- accordance with the law. new Municipal Act. /Op. 6. Continue to Coordinate $1,000.00 for March 2006 implement with Complementary recommendations Engineering, “$5000. Maximum contained in the Purchasing, Fine” signs @ $7.80 Disabled Persons and per unit. Parking Study Enforcement Amendments to Departments Parking Control By- laws. /Op. 7. Accessibility Coordinate $2,500.00 to hold 2 April 2006- Training through the Accessibility Training September 2006 opportunities Clerks Workshops for small for Business Department businesses including . Community with the advertising costs to Chamber of help them meet the Commerce requirements of the and B.I.A’s. Business Licensing By- law and Bill 118. /Op. 8. Community Outreach June 2006 for Coordinate $2,500.00 to host a National Access through Clerks Special Community Awareness Week Department Event (i.e. Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event) including Rental, Advertising, and Public Relations- Promotional Costs /Op. 9. Host annual Awards Coordinate $1,000.00 for December 2006 Ceremony Community through the advertising costs. Open House to Clerks recognize accessibility Department achievements and in honour of the International Day of Disabled Persons /Op. 10. Awards of Merit Coordinate $1,000.00 for the December 2006 for Making with Clerks award(s) and Accessibility Department advertising of the Improvements to a Award Program. Business in Halton (3 Categories-Most Hills Accessible Place of Business Award, Outstanding Accessibility Improvement Award, Best Customer Service to Persons with Disabilities Award /Op. 11. Annual Joint Meeting Coordinate To be determined in ($0.00 in 2005- funded with the Region and with Region of 2006. by Region of Halton) four Halton area Halton municipalities to Accessibility discuss common Advisory issues. Committee Coordinator 12. Monitoring Progress Through meetings or other contact the Coordinator will remind Working Group members of their responsibility to implement the initiatives under the plan. Staff will continue to consult the members of HHAAC by appearing as delegations at HHAAC meetings to ensure accessibility has been addressed. 13. Annual Accessibility Plans Town Council and the HHAAC Committee are committed to achieving an accessible community for all residents of Halton Hills through its annual Accessibility Plan. In 2005, the Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee started a new monthly column featured in the Independent entitled “Accessibility in Action” written by Committee members. The Committee was on the move in 2005, and continued to survey and audit the remaining town-owned facilities. Committee members acquired a wealth of information, expertise, and knowledge through the experiences of other municipalities by attending the Access II Ontario Conference held in Burlington this year and also the First Annual Joint Accessibility Advisory Committees’ of Halton Region meeting. Changes to practices, policies, and by-laws took place. The Business Licensing By-law was passed requiring the premises of a business to be accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with the Municipal Act and Bill 118. The Committee reviewed the Disabled Persons Parking Study with recommendations to amend the Town’s parking control by-laws. HHAAC was at the forefront during the Transit discussions at public meetings. Active participation as delegations at Council and consultation with the Public Works and Engineering staff, resulted in the new report entitled “Improved Access to Public Transit for Persons with Disabilities”. Accessibility Awareness training for front line staff commences in December. The landscape began to change at the Civic Centre with the installation of the first building retrofits at the Civic Centre. Residents will see a new accessible counter, new wheelchair ramps, and new automatic sliding doors at the main entrance, accessibility desks in the lower level and automatic door openers in the Georgetown Seniors Centre. As changes to the physical environment started to appear throughout 2005, a historic and larger success occurred in October when Council adopted the Committee’s recommendation to fund closed captioning of Council meetings making this the first small town in Ontario to undertake such an ambitious accessibility initiative. Town Council and the Halton Hills Accessibility Advisory Committee took very progressive steps in 2005 showing a strong commitment to achieve an accessible Halton Hills. The foresight shown to remove barriers ‘sooner rather than later’ is necessary to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all residents as the number of disabled persons is steadily increasing with an aging population. The year 2005 was a year of Accessibility in Action in Halton Hills setting the stage for greater future achievements and initiatives in the coming year. A copy of the plan is available through the Clerks Department and the Town’s website. Requests to have the plan printed using a larger font size may also be made through the Clerk’s Department.
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