On February 7, 2012 the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the city of Humboldt, Kansas, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
The Department of Justice initiated a compliance review of Humboldt in July of 2009 as part of Project Civic Access, a Department initiative to ensure greater access for persons with disabilities to state and local government programs, services, activities, and facilities. An on-site survey of Humboldt’s buildings, programs, and services was conducted in November of 2009. Humboldt officials worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the compliance review in order to reach a settlement agreement.
Facilities and programs surveyed by the Department and covered by the agreement include: Centennial Park and Pool, City Hall, Camp Hunter Park, Cannon Park, Humboldt Housing Authority, West Shelter, North Shelter, Pool Shelter and Humboldt Public Library. The Department also reviewed Humboldt’s employment policies, web-based services and programs, and effective communication provisions.
Under the agreement announced today, Humboldt officials will take several important steps to improve access for individuals with disabilities. The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications Humboldt will make to its programs, services, and facilities covered by the agreement and the timeframes for making each change. Among other things, Humboldt has agreed to:
This is the 197th agreement under the PCA initiative. Located along the Neosha River in eastern Kansas, Humboldt was the Allen County seat from 1858 until 1865 and was incorporated as a city in 1870. Humboldt is also the birthplace of baseball greats Walter Johnson and George Sweatt. According to census data, the city population is just under 2,000 and more than 21 percent of Humboldt residents have a disability.
The Department will actively monitor compliance with the settlement agreement, which will remain in effect for three years from February 7, 2012, or until all actions required by the Agreement have been completed, whichever is later.