[HISTORY: Adopted by the Harford County Council by Bill No. 76-91. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This legislation was included as Ch. 5, Art. IV, of the 1978 Code.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
- COUNTY COMMITTEE
- The Architectural Committee of the County Committee of the Governor's Committee to Promote Employment of the Handicapped.
- FACILITY FOR HANDICAPPED PERSONS
- Any ramp, hand-rail, elevator, door, specially-treated surface or similar design, convenience or device which facilitates the health, safety or comfort of a handicapped person.
- HANDICAPPED PERSON
- A person with a measurable limitation of mobility.
- PRIVATE BUSINESS BUILDING
- A building, structure or improved area owned or constructed for lease by a private individual, corporation or partnership, which is regularly open for the conducting of business and for use by the general public.
- PUBLIC BUILDING
- A building, structure or improved area owned or constructed for lease by the county.
By January 1, 1981, all public buildings in the county shall have been modified to provide facilities for handicapped persons in accordance with the laws and regulations of the state. Facilities for the handicapped are not required in portions of public buildings which are not open to or used by the general working force or by the general public.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to improvement of areas where persons gather for amusement, such as public parks, recreation centers and the like, particularly with regard to toilet facilities, ramps, building entrances, drinking fountains, parking areas and walks. Such facilities shall be suitably marked by a symbol denoting "Usable By The Physically Disabled."
If a private business chooses to install facilities for handicapped persons, the plans shall be subject to the review and approval of the County Department of Public Works.
The Department of Public Works is authorized to establish rules, regulations and standards that are in accordance with this chapter. Proposed rules and regulations shall be submitted to the County Committee for review and comment prior to a public hearing being held.