Posted to ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan by Nancy McCormick
Loudoun County is asking for feedback from members of the public about the accessibility of county services for people with disabilities, including county-sponsored programs, activities, facilities and website. The survey is part of an update to the county’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.
Loudoun County encourages members of the community to participate in the online survey, especially people with disabilities, their family members and caregivers, organizations and agencies that support people with disabilities as well as individuals with experience in accessibility needs and best practices.
The survey, which is one part of the county’s self-evaluation, will help the county identify any barriers impeding the participation in the county’s programs, services and activities by people with disabilities. This includes, but is not limited: to obtaining a permit, paying a fee, participating in a recreational program and attending a public meeting. The responses to the survey will also help inform the county’s Transition Plan that addresses any barriers to improving access for individuals with disabilities.
The survey will be open through January 2, 2024. Anyone who requires the survey in an alternative format may call 703-777-0113 or send an email.
The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as people without disabilities.
The ADA, which became law in 1990, mandates an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan for all state and local government agencies employing 50 or more individuals. The U.S. Department of Justice recommends that localities review their transition plans every 10 years.
More information about the county’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan as well as links to the survey and to sign up for email and text updates on the project, can be found at loudoun.gov/adastudy.
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Posted to Airport Noise by Nancy McCormick
The Board of Supervisors canceled its November 2023 Transportation and Land Use Committee; however, county staff provided an update about its work with Vinair, the consulting firm hired by Loudoun County to analyze noise from Dulles International Airport.
The project team continues to document and analyze existing operations at Dulles International Airport (IAD) as it prepares to begin meeting with the county Airport Noise Work Group in January 2024. This work will help to inform technical discussions on possible operational adjustments to alleviate noise impacts.
The baseline assessment includes review of:
Additionally, the project team is documenting “Aviation Stakeholder Roles and Responsibilities;” a clarification that will enable participants in the community process to better understand which entity—such as MWAA, IAD operations, or various agencies within the FAA—has purview over various decision points.
In the meantime, county staff is identifying community representatives for the community Airport Noise Work Group that will guide the project’s work.
For more information about the current project, visit loudoun.gov/AirportNoiseWorkGroup.
Posted to Aldie Fire and Rescue Station by Heidi Kellum
On Wednesday, September 20, one lane road closures are scheduled on eastbound Route 50 near the Route 15 roundabout from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. The closure allows for tree clearing in preparation for the construction of the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station, in Aldie. If weather delays occur, work will take place during each successive workday until it is completed.
Drivers should use extra caution, follow directions from road signs and crews, and slow down when traveling through these areas.
The new 23,000 square-foot station will be constructed in Aldie, Va. to replace the existing building, providing an updated and accessible facility for the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department. Features of the new facility will include apparatus bays, bunkroom facilities, a training room, a break room, restrooms and showers, food preparation and dining areas, laundry and decontamination areas, supply storage, a gear and hose drying area, a breathing apparatus air compressor room, a fitness room, offices and a repair shop.
In addition to the new facility, site improvements for this project include two entrances off Route 50, access and parking areas, a well and septic field, lighting, landscaping, and a storm water management pond.
The existing Aldie Fire and Rescue Station will remain operational throughout the duration of construction. Construction is expected to be completed in winter (January, February, March) 2025.
For more information about the Aldie Fire and Rescue Station project, visit the project page.