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Tue July 23, 2013
Beavercreek City Council Tables Discussion About RTA Bus Stops
Monday evening at Beavercreek's City Council meeting, an attorney for the city advised that failure to comply with a recent federal discrimination order could result in the loss of federal funding for highway construction projects. Wayne Baker reports
In late June, the Federal Highway Administration ruled the city violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights act by refusing two install three bus stops near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.
Attorney Adam Levin explained to council members Monday that the city could fight the ruling but it would be costly
"If the department does not believe progress is being made it reserves the right to take steps to suspend or terminate federal highway financial assistance to the city of Beavercreek," Levin said.
Local attorney Ellis Jacobs, who helped file the complaint against the city says Beavercreek should just allow RTA to build the bus stops.
"The decision we got from the FHA is a really important step in solving this problem. They took a very strong position, but it's not going to solve the problem in and of itself," he said.Beavercreek could choose to fight this and stretch it out and waste a lot of their taxpayers dollars to no avail. They will not eventually prevail, but they can choose to go that route. Mobilizing public opinion is what will keep them from choosing that route, and instead choosing the route of just doing the right thing," Jacobs said.
The FHA says that the city has until the end of September to comply with its ruling.
Beavercreek's City Council tabled the issue until its August 12 meeting.