Settlement Agreement between the United States of America


The City of North Adams, Massachusetts


On October 16, 2012, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the City of North Adams, Massachusetts, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

The Department of Justice initiated a compliance review of the City of North Adams in response to a complaint that the police station was physically inaccessible. The compliance review is part of Project Civic Access, a Departmental initiative to ensure greater access for persons with disabilities to state and local government programs, services, activities, and facilities. An on-site survey of the City's buildings, programs, and services was conducted in November 2010. City staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the compliance review process in order to reach an agreement.

Facilities and programs surveyed by the Department and covered by the agreement include: City Hall; Department of Public Safety, including the Police Station; River Street Park; Alcombright Athletic Complex; North Adams Public Library; Office of Tourism and Chamber of Commerce; Kemp Park; Windsor Mill; Mary Spitzer Community Center; Northern Berkshire YMCA; Harriman and West Airport; Noel Field Athletic Complex; Western Gateway Heritage State Park; Windsor Lake Park; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink; Freeman Park; and Greylock Park. The survey also included areas of polling places used by the voting public.

The Department also reviewed the City's policies and procedures regarding voting, emergency management and disaster prevention, employment, and sidewalk maintenance. The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications the City of North Adams will be making to its programs, services, and facilities. Among other things, the City has agreed to:

The agreement requires actions to be completed within three years. The Department will actively monitor compliance with the agreement until it has confirmed that all required actions have been completed.

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