In Rapid City, the Civic Center Resolution Task Force held its first public meeting on Monday. The Rapid City Journal reported the meeting focused on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations throughout the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. This apparently led to some confusion about whether the task force was to look at all the violations, or just those in Don Barnett Arena; city officials confirmed the Barnett Arena was the priority for the initial stages.
There had been complaints and concerns over ADA access in the Civic Center over the years. A federal inspection led to plans for improving the Barnett Arena and addressing other concerns. Mayor Sam Kooiker signed an agreement on behalf of Rapid City with the Department of Justice pledging to bring the building into ADA compliance. Voters rejected the Civic Center remodel plan and did not return Mayor Kooiker to office. This task force is the start of Mayor Steve Allender's work to abide by the Department of Justice agreement.
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