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Consent decree violations claimed

An advocacy group for the disabled community seeking access to City Hall filed a contempt allegation in federal court this week.

The suit claims the city has failed to retain an accessibility consultant, and to established a work plan, according to the lawsuit filed by the Center for Independent Living, ADAPT, North Central Pennsylvania, Thomas Grieco, Tina Cummings, Jay Harper and Marie Prince.

It asked for U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann to appoint the executive director of CIL to select an accessibility consultant.

The consultant would write and adopt the work plan under the consent decree. All associated costs would be borne by the city.

The city is putting in an accessible ramp, railings, doors and modifying the elevator at the building. The city also is having a certified inspector familiar with the Amercians with Disabilities Act look at areas in the building such as bathrooms, fire alarms and other accessibility needs, said Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator.

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