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Winfield City, KS

Winfield City, KS: (Jul-17-07) The Kansas Disability Coalition filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the city was responsible for Winfield's streets, sidewalks and other facilities not being accessible to the disabled, thereby violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In a settlement reached, the city agreed to employ a person who is an ADA coordinator. The coordinator's duties are part of the job requirements for Gary Mangus, assistant to the city manager. Also, the city must appoint an access advisory board, which is already in place at the city. The board's responsibilities include advising the ADA coordinator, assisting with the resolution of any access issues concerning city facilities and programs, and helping to determine immediate access priorities. Officials stated that the settlement would translate to a $120,000 cost to the city, which would include budgeted street and sidewalk projects to improve accessibility between now and 2009. They added that ADA upgrades will also be made when other street or curb work is done on areas not presently up to code. [WINFIELD COURIER: SIDEWALK DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Jul-18-07


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