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Newport Panel Chair says City Violating ADA

Newport Panel Chair says City Violating ADA

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ The chairwoman of a Newport committee on access for the disabled is resigning and accusing city officials of ignoring the panel's advice.

The Newport Daily News reports that Annette Bourbonniere is quitting the Accessibility Advisory Committee effective Sept. 30.
 
She and other committee members filed complaints with federal and state officials earlier this month alleging the city is violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. They say a main issue is people in wheelchairs can't access the second floor of City Hall where many meetings are held.
 
Mayor Henry F. Winthrop said Thursday there is a wheelchair lift at City Hall and federal officials have told the city it's not violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. He says Bourbonniere just doesn't agree with the city's approach to the issue.

 

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