Councilwoman Claims New City Hall Is Not Accessible To Her And
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 23, 2005
WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA--Peggy Butler is challenging that old adage, "You can't fight City Hall".
In fact, Butler, a member of the West Columbia City Council since 1993, has filed a complaint with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission over accessibility problems at the new City Hall where she attends meetings.
Butler uses a wheelchair because of injuries she sustained in the first Gulf War.
According to the Associated Press, she claims that the building, which was completed in December, does not comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. She gave examples of having to use her cell phone to page others for assistance in order to get into some parts of the building, including council chambers.
"Wheelchair-user files complaint over access to city hall" (Associated Press via Beaufort Gazette)