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City settles ADA lawsuit with veteran

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The city of Colorado Springs will pay $19,000 to a veteran with a disability who sued over the city's lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a Sept. 21 city release.

Christopher Sweeney, who uses a wheelchair, had complained of inaccessible sidewalks in his Stetson Hills neighborhood, where cars often blocked his path because driveways were built too short.

While the city did not admit liability or wrongdoing, the statement notes it will "increase enforcement of sidewalk obstructions in the Sweeneys' Stetson Hills neighborhood in recognition that sidewalk obstructions can pose unique and disproportionate burdens on individuals with disabilities and that parking on or over a sidewalk in the City is illegal by City ordinance."

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