FACT SHEET

Settlement Agreement between the United States of America and The City of Poplarville, Mississippi

 

On November 25, 2009, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the City of Poplarville, Mississippi, 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.

The Department initiated a compliance review of the City of Poplarville in July, 2008, in response to a complaint alleging that the City is inaccessible to individuals with mobility impairments. This review was part of Project Civic Access, a Departmental initiative to ensure greater access for persons with disabilities to local government programs, services, activities, and facilities.

An on-site survey of the City buildings and services was conducted on October 27-28, 2008. Facilities covered by the agreement include: Poplarville City Hall, Poplarville Police Department, Chamber of Commerce, Poplarville Library and Poplarville Park. The Department also reviewed the City's emergency management procedures, employment policies, and policies and procedures relating to sidewalks.

The City staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the investigation in order to reach a settlement agreement.

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

The settlement agreement will remain in effect for 3 years from November 25, 2009, or until all required actions have been completed, whichever is later.

 

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