FACT SHEET

Settlement Agreement between the United States of America

and the Town of Pomfret, Connecticut

 

On July 20, 2010, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the Town of Pomfret, Connecticut, under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, and the Department's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, as well as section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794, and the Department's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 42, Subpart G. 

After receiving a complaint alleging that the Town Hall was inaccessible to people with disabilities, the Department of Justice initiated an investigation of the Town of Pomfret in December, 2008, 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 the Town's buildings, programs, and services was conducted in September, 2009.  Town staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the review process in order to reach an agreement.

Facilities covered by the agreement include: Town Hall, Pomfret Public Library, Pomfret Recreation Park, and Pomfret Community School (polling only).

Other Town facilities are covered by the settlement agreement and will be surveyed and modified for compliance with ADA requirements by the Town.

The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications that the Town will be making to its programs, services, and facilities.  Among other things, the Town has agreed to:

The settlement agreement will remain in effect for 3 years from July 21, 2010, or until all required actions have been completed, whichever is later.

 

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