The Town of Somerville Board of Mayor and Aldermen have taken the first steps in creating a comprehensive ADA Transition Plan. The first steps were to name an ADA Coordinator and develop and publish an ADA Grievance procedure.
Blake Walley has been named the ADA Coordinator for the Town of Somerville. He can be reached at (901) 465-7300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is the Grievance Procedure as approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen:
The Town of Somerville Grievance Procedure Under
The Americans with Disabilities Act
This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by The Town of Somerville. The Town of Somerville’s Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.
The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
ADA Coordinator/Community Planning Director 13085 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 909 Somerville, TN 38068
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, Blake Walley or his designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible
resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, Blake Walley or his designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of The Town of Somerville and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
If the response by Blake Walley or his designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the City Administrator or his designee.
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the City
Administrator or his designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the City Administrator or his designee will respond in writing, and, where
appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.
All written complaints received by Blake Walley or his designee, appeals to the City Administrator or his designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by The Town of Somerville for at least three years.