- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) - A city in south-central Kansas has settled a lawsuit involving a federal act on accessibility for the disabled.

The city of Kingman recently settled the case over the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Hutchinson News reported (https://j.mp/2eYEDwu).

The settlement stems from a case filed in federal court in October 2015. In the settlement, the city denies violating the law but authorizes payment to two Kingman residents who use wheelchairs.

Under the settlement, the city will pay the two residents, David Lemen and Theodore Osborne, $1,500 each, and will pay their lawyer, David Calvert of Wichita, $10,000 for prosecuting the action and monitoring the city’s compliance with the agreement.

“The suit was necessary to bring a lot of things to their attention,” Calvert said Friday. He said the parties worked together on the self-evaluation and transition plan, calling it “a cooperative process.”

The settlement agreement also showed that training for city staff on the ADA took place from September 2015 to February 2016, and that the city agreed to establish an Access Advisory Board.

A transition plan also spells out a schedule for ADA improvements through June 2022. Projects include adding parking for disabled, repairing sidewalks and ramps and purchasing new ADA park equipment in Kingman, a city of about 3,100 residents located about 40 miles west of Wichita.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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