Subject: Letter to the Editor
I would like to inform that after 8 years of working with the USDOJ Civil Rights Division and the NH US Attorneys office there is finally a new sidewalk policy and a paragraph that addresses the rights of the disabled and seniors. The Town of Goffstown had to update the sidewalk policy so it is now ADA compliant. It can be viewed at www.Goffstown-Sidewalk-Policy.com and on the Town website, but you have to search the word sidewalk to find it. I am asking the The Town in this letter to put a link on the Town home page so it is easy to find for all. Please print and/or email it on to friends in Goffstown
The Town of Goffstown has more than 13 miles of sidewalk varying in age. Condition and use vary considerably. The Town recognizes that it is not possible to maintain all sidewalks in perfect condition. The Town also recognizes that certain user groups, primarily seniors and qualified individuals with disabilities, are more sensitive to sidewalk problems than other users and maintenance problems are likely to impact them more than others. To that end, it is the policy of the Town of Goffstown, as it conducts its snow removal operations in accordance herewith, to insure, as part of the snow removal effort for any of the priority items listed below, that any disabled access areas or other infrastructure features which are designed to insure accessibility for qualified individuals with disabilities, are included in such effort.
Additionally, the Town of Goffstown understands that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires non-discrimination in all programs, services, and activities for qualified individuals with disabilities and, as such, desires to identify and respond to any situation in which qualified individuals with disabilities may have unique or particular accessibility issues not known to the Town. To that end, the Board of Selectmen requests that any qualified individual with a disability which requires unique assistance with snow removal or sidewalk maintenance, contact the ADA Coordinator, at 497-8990 x100, so that their particular issue can be addressed and incorporated into the process for sidewalk maintenance and snow removal. All such requests and the ADA Coordinator’s response to such requests shall be kept in a log. Any denials of requests shall be made in writing to the requester by the ADA Coordinator.