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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2016 12:49 pm | Updated: 3:00 pm, Thu Dec 1, 2016.

Glendale City Council will decide Tuesday whether or not to proceed with researching the possibility of offering reduced fees for disabled people and veterans who use parks and recreation programs and services.

The workshop is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Council Chambers, 5850 W. Glendale Ave.

The discussion was spurred by Councilman Ray Malnar, who raised the topic in a June workshop. He asked staff to develop a policy providing disabled residents and veterans a reduced fee schedule for services provided by the Parks and Recreation Division.

If Council next week does provide staff direction to move forward, it is envisioned this council item of special interest will consist of the following four policy development phases:

Phase I of this initiative would consist of a follow-up Council workshop discussion to provide an overview and direction of key items such as:

a. Establish a definition of "disability," "veteran status" and identify best practices used to "prove" such status in order to provide discount.

b. Identify any legal concerns related to the American with Disabilities Act as related to proof of disability claim and/or reasonable accommodations.

c. Review city demographic data to determine the number of veterans and disabled people living in Glendale.

d. Review and feedback of recommended fee adjustments and identification of the estimated financial and operating impact on the city; to include any necessary staff training to ensure new operating guidelines followed appropriately.

e. Comparative analysis of like-facilities and discount policies for disabled persons and veterans at both publicly and privately owned/operated facilities in other local/national jurisdictions.

City officials estimate it would take 12 staff hours and three to four weeks to complete phase 1.

Phase II would involve a presentation and discussion of all recommended fee adjustments after review and approval by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission to the Parks and Recreation fee schedule, as a part of the fiscal year 2017-18 city budget process, which is already planned for February or March. That step is expected to be completed by January.

If Council direction is received, staff would move on with Phase III, which consists of publicly posting any and all fee-revisions to the Parks and Recreation fee schedule in April. .

Phase IV will consist of a presentation of all proposed fee adjustments to the Parks and Recreation fee schedule by resolution, at a City Council Regular meeting in the spring.

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