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Fairfield Woman Sues Hueytown

The Birmingham News April 27, 2009

A Fairfield woman sued the city of Hueytown claiming that Brooklane Community Center and Bud Newell Memorial Park do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

D'Wanna Williams filed the suit in U.S. District Court in March. Williams' attorney, Edward Zwilling, said his client is a paraplegic who shops in Hueytown for her medical supplies and has often stopped by the park with family. The facilities at the park are not accessible to Williams, who has lost both legs and requires a wheelchair for mobility, the lawsuit contends.

Williams just wants access, not any damages. City attorney Jon Terry said the city is still reviewing the lawsuit's claims. He said new facilities in Hueytown, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, are compliant. Terry said the city has strived to make sure its facilities are compliant. Zwilling has filed similar lawsuits alleging violations of the ADA against Bessemer, Graysville and Birmingham. Bessemer settled its lawsuit. The suit against Graysville is pending, while Zwilling said he is working with Birmingham officials. Zwilling said the lawsuits are done to address the problems, not punish the cities.

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