Handicap Accessibility

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The city of Pueblo has settled a federal lawsuit over handicapped access to city facilities, but the settlement doesn't address wheelchair ramps at street intersections.

That's the most expensive part of the dispute, because Pueblo doesn't have the ramps at most intersections.

City Council members approved the settlement Monday, but they don't agree on how the city should pay for the ramps.

Pueblo was inspected by the U-S Department of Justice last year.

Officials were told a large number of city facilities aren't usable by handicapped people.

The flaws ranged from service counters being too tall for wheelchair users to inadequate help for deaf people who call the police department.

City Manager Lee Evett says most of the problems were fixed while the city was negotiating with Justice officials.