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Mon July 22, 2013
Beavercreek Council to Discuss Civil Rights Issue
Tonight, the Beavercreek City Council will hear from its attorney regarding the recent finding by the Federal Highway Administration, alleging that the city violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Two years ago, the Dayton RTA wanted to add bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and the newly constructed Soin Medical Center. That request was unanimously denied by Beavercreek's City Council.
Citizens and a local church group filed a complaint about the bus stop denial in 2011, alleging that the city failed to comply with the Title VI section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In late June,the FHA ruled in the group's favor.
Beavercreek City Manager Mike Cornell says the issue will be on the council's agenda tonight and there will be time allotted for the public to ask questions and comment.
The FHA says that the city has 90 days to comply with its ruling,or stand to lose over $10 million in federal funding for highway construction projects over a five-year period.