Carson City To Become ADA Compliant -- 19 Years After Law's
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 4, 2004
CARSON CITY, NEVADA--Last week, Carson City settled on an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to make its public facilities and parking lots more accessible to people with disabilities.
The city is expected to spend $400,000 on providing curb cuts or ramps, better parking access and signage, raising drinking fountains, lowering window counters, and altering toilet flushing levers. In addition, the city's jail will have a text telephone for deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates and visitors, and a wheelchair-accessible visitor's room.
Carson City officials say they expect the changes to take five years to complete. If the work is done on schedule, the Justice Department will not impose fines against the city.
The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act directed cities to eliminate physical barriers to access at public facilities. If the city does complete the work within the five-year plan endorsed by DOJ, it will have taken 19 years to abide by the federal anti-discrimination law.
"City to pay $400K to meet ADA standards" (Nevada Appeal)