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Legislation #: 120065 Introduction Date: 1/19/2012
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Title: Authorizing the City Manager to execute a settlement agreement with the United States of America under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Legislation History
1/20/2012 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/19/2012 Referred to Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
1/26/2012 Do Pass
1/26/2012 Assigned to Third Read Calendar
2/2/2012 Councilmember Johnson Move To Hold On Docket
2/2/2012 Held on Docket (2/9/2012)
2/9/2012 Passed

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ADA Agreement.pdf Agreement 1698K Agreement
120065.pdf Authenticated 1431K Authenticated
Attachment M.pdf Exhibit 166K Attachment M
Attachment H.pdf Exhibit 192K Attachment H
Attachment D.pdf Exhibit 77K Attachment D
Attachment C.pdf Exhibit 62K Attachment C
Attachment B.pdf Exhibit 38K Attachment B
Attachment A.pdf Exhibit 361K Attachment A
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Fact_Sheet 120065.xls Fact Sheet 143K Fact sheet
120065 Att_I_Revised_Dates.pdf Exhibit 202K ATTACHMENT I: Modifications to Newly Constructed Facilities
120065 Att_J_Revised_Dates.pdf Exhibit 206K ATTACHMENT J: Modifications to Altered Facilities
120065 Att_K_Revised_Dates.pdf Exhibit 166K ATTACHMENT K: Program Access in Existing Facilities
120065 Base Settlement Agreement.pdf Agreement 90K Base Settlement Agreement with DOJ for ADA

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Authorizing the City Manager to execute a settlement agreement with the United States of America under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


WHEREAS, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) implemented a nation-wide program – Project Civic Access – to review local and state governments across the country for the purpose of assisting them in fully complying with the requirements of the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and the regulations promulgated thereunder; and


WHEREAS, the City is but one of almost two hundred localities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico previously selected for inclusion in Project Civic Access since its inception in 1999; and


WHEREAS, the City welcomed its selection as it supports its obligations under the ADA and DOJ’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all Americans are afforded full access to civic life; and


WHEREAS, a team from DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, recently visited Kansas City over a period of several days for the purpose of reviewing its compliance with the ADA’s Title II requirements; and


WHEREAS, that visit included a review of various programs, services, and activities, as well as public facilities built or altered since the ADA became effective and which therefore must comply with its requirements; and


WHEREAS, the City has, at every turn, cooperated fully with DOJ throughout its review of the City’s various programs, services, activities and public facilities; and


WHEREAS, the City has taken a number of steps since the ADA was enacted including designating an ADA coordinator, establishing the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, adopting a reasonable accommodations request and grievance procedures, updating its self-evaluation programs and services for accessibilities to employees and the public, adopting standardized language for reasonable accommodation requests for public meetings, and accessible forms of communication, such as TTY phone numbers, closed captioning, assisted listening devices, and sign language interpreters when requested by a citizen; and


WHEREAS, while the City has taken great strides and even exceeded its obligations under the ADA on occasion, there is always room for improvement; and


WHEREAS, DOJ has taken its findings and incorporated them into a settlement agreement that it presented for the City’s consideration; and


WHEREAS, the settlement agreement reflects actions and physical modifications that the City is committed to making in furtherance of its ADA compliance; and


WHEREAS, DOJ regards these settlement agreements as a tool in assisting local governments as they work towards resolving any outstanding access issues; and


WHEREAS, the City will continue to work in full cooperation with DOJ until the terms of the settlement agreement have been satisfied; NOW, THEREFORE;




Section 1. That the City Manager is authorized to execute a settlement agreement with the United States of America under the Americans with Disabilities Act (such agreement being denominated DJ 204-43-195). The settlement agreement is approved in substantial form to that which is on file in the office of the Director of Public Works.




Approved as to form and legality:




Brian T. Rabineau

Assistant City Attorney