Wednesday, October 2, 2019

City settles ADA case

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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On Sept. 27, a federal judge ruled that the city’s settlement of a class action lawsuit, regarding access issues for the disabled community, is fair and reasonable.

The Americans with Disabilities Act suit was filed by Sharon King and Paul Spotts as representatives of the class. They’ll be paid $5,000.

The city will also pay $145,000 in attorney fees for the class counsel.

Most importantly, the settlement requires the city to make “widespread accessibility improvements by installing and remediating non-compliant curb ramps beginning in 2018 and continuing for 14 years,” or until the city installs or improves at least 15,400 ramps — at least 1,100 per year.

The city also agreed to maintain a system through which people with mobility disabilities may seek accessible curb ramps, and to provide those ramps within a year of the request.

Class counsel is entitled to monitor the city’s progress. 

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