CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The City of Cheyenne is working on upgrading the municipal building to be in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
The ADA is a comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of public life, including in employment, public services, and in the activities of places of public accommodation.
A resolution was adopted during the February 8th, Cheyenne City Council meeting that is meant to ensure its facilities are accessible to individuals who are living with a disability.
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“The City of Cheyenne Municipal Building has served as the City’s principal
place of business since its construction in 1979, well prior to the enactment of the ADA, and contains multiple barriers to accessibility,” the resolution stated.
City officials say that in recognition of these barriers, the City has recently upgraded handicapped accessible restrooms located on the first floor of the Municipal Building, beginning a self-evaluation and transition for the building.
They added that an ADA Compliance Evaluation and Transition Plan conducted by an appropriately qualified consultant is needed to identify, prioritize and remediate remaining barriers to accessibility throughout the Cheyenne Municipal Building and to bring the structure into conformance with promulgated ADA standards for accessible design.
“The City hereby commits to engage an appropriately qualified consultant in an amount not to exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) to deliver to the
Governing Body for adoption an ADA Compliance Evaluation and Transition Plan documenting physical barriers to accessibility in the Cheyenne Municipal Building, proposing a priority list of structural modifications to remove those barriers and a proposed time frame for implementation,” the resolution went on to say.
The sponsor of this resolution is Ward I councilman Pete Laybourn.