[R.O. 1993 § 242.010; Ord. No. 2014-2998 § 1, 4-28-2014]
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or ethnicity in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, or ethnicity be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financing assistance" (42 U.S.C. § 2000d).
The City of Aurora is committed to ensuring that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, or ethnicity, is excluded from participating in or denied the benefits of any project receiving Federal funding, including the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in accordance with FTA Circular 4702.1.A.
Title VI Coordinator:
[R.O. 1993 § 242.020; Ord. No. 2014-2998 § 1, 4-28-2014]
Title VI information posters shall be prominently and publicly displayed in City facilities. Information regarding the Title VI Coordinator is available on the website, www.aurora-cityhall.org. Additional information relating to non-discrimination obligation can be obtained from the City's Title VI Coordinator.
Title VI information shall be disseminated to the City's employees via e-mail. This information will remind employees of the City's policy statement.
[R.O. 1993 § 242.030; Ord. No. 2014-2998 § 1, 4-28-2014]
All subcontractors and vendors who receive payments from the City of Aurora where funding originates from Federal assistance are subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Written contracts shall contain non-discrimination language, either directly or through the bid specification package, which becomes an associated component of the contract.
[R.O. 1993 § 242.040; Ord. No. 2014-2998 § 1, 4-28-2014]
The Title VI Coordinator will maintain permanent records, which include, but are not limited to, copies of Title VI complaints or lawsuits and related documentation, and records of correspondence to and from complainants, and Title VI investigations.
[R.O. 1993 § 242.050; Ord. No. 2014-2998 § 1, 4-28-2014]
How To File A Title VI Complaint?
A formal complaint must be filed within one hundred eighty (180) calendar days of the alleged occurrence or when the alleged discrimination became known to the complainant. The complaint must meet the following requirements:
Name of complainant, mailing address, and how to contact the complainant (telephone number, etc.).
Complaints must include the date of the alleged act(s) of discrimination; date when the complainant(s) became aware of the alleged discrimination; or the date on which the conduct was discontinued or the latest instance of the conduct.
Complaint must present a detailed description of the issues, including names and job titles of those individuals perceived as parties in the action complained against.
What Happens To The Complaint After It Is Submitted?
All complaints alleging discrimination based on race, color or national origin in a service or benefit provided by the City of Aurora will be directly addressed by the City. The City shall also provide appropriate assistance to complainants, including those persons with disabilities or who are limited in their ability to communicate in English. Additionally, the City shall make every effort to address all complaints in an expeditious and thorough manner.
A letter acknowledging receipt of a complaint will be mailed by the City within ten (10) days (Appendix B) of receipt of the complaint. Please note that in responding to any requests for additional information, a complainant's failure to provide the requested information may result in the administrative closure of the complaint.
Editor's Note: Appendix B is on file in the City offices.
How Will The Complainant Be Notified Of The Outcome Of The Complaint?
The City will send a final written response letter (Appendix C) to the complainant. In the letter notifying the complainant that the complaint is not substantiated (Appendix D), the complainant is also advised of his or her right to:
Appeal within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of the final written decision from the Office of the City Clerk; and/or
File a complaint externally with the appropriate Federal agency.
Every effort will be made to respond to Title VI complaints within sixty (60) working days of receipt of such complaints, if not sooner.
[R.O. 1993 § 242.060; Ord. No. 2014-2998 § 1, 4-28-2014]
According to the United States Census Bureau 2010 demographic profile data, five and three-tenths percent (5.3%) of the City of Aurora population potentially speaks a language other than English. The actual percentage is unknown but very likely substantially less than this percentage. The four-factor FTA LEP analysis is found in Appendix E.
Editor's Note: Appendix E is on file in the City offices.
[R.O. 1993 § 242.070; Ord. No. 2014-2998 § 1, 4-28-2014]
Community outreach is a requirement of Title VI. As an entity receiving Federal financial assistance, the City regularly implements the following outreach efforts:
Conducting Public Engagement Meetings. Members of the public are invited to attend. Meeting notice is communicated in a variety of methods, depending on the subject matter, and may include: e-mail blasts, the City website, targeted mailings, dissemination of posters or meeting fliers, use of bulletin boards, and notice in the local newspaper and radio station.
Conducts Various Commission and Council Meetings. The City has numerous boards and commissions organized around topic area (for example: Planning and Zoning Commission, Airport Board, Park Board, City Council). Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings. Meeting notice is communicated in a variety of methods, depending on the subject matter, and may include: e-mail blasts, the City website, targeted mailings, dissemination of posters or meeting fliers, and notice in the local newspaper and radio station.
Updates to the City's Website. The City's website is regularly updated by staff.