On August 3, 2009, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with Wendell, Idaho, 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 under 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 Wendell in July, 2008, in response to a complaint regarding the accessibility of the City's sidewalks, the City hall building, and the library.
The Department conducted an on-site survey of City buildings, parks, programs, and services in September, 2008. Facilities covered by the agreement include: the Wendell City Hall/Police Department, the library, and two city parks.
The Department also reviewed Wendell's policies and procedures regarding sidewalk maintenance, as well as the Wendell Police Department's policies and procedures regarding effective communication with persons who are deaf, are hard of hearing, or have speech impairments.
City staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the investigation in order to reach an agreement.
The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications Wendell will be making to its programs, services, and facilities. Among other things, the City has agreed to:
Wendell, Idaho is located in Gooding County in Southern Idaho, about 100 miles southeast of Boise and 22 miles northwest of Twin Falls. According to the 2000 Census, Wendell has approximately 2,300 residents, with one in five residents being a person with a disability. Agriculturally-based Gooding County is known for its dairy industry.
The settlement agreement will remain in effect for three years from August 3, 2009, or until all required actions have been completed, whichever is later.
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