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Archive for Tuesday, November 25, 1997

NEW HANDICAPPED PARKING RULE AT KU BASKETBALL GAMES RAISES RUCKUS

November 25, 1997

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Complaints have surfaced about KU's mandate that everyone pay $6 to park in the garage north of Allen Fieldhouse on game days.

The governor's staff Monday delved into complaints about a Kansas University policy requiring disabled motorists at Jayhawk basketball games to pay to park in the campus garage.

"My office has gotten a lot of phone calls on the subject," said Anthony Fadale. "We're reviewing the policy. We haven't made any decisions."

Fadale is Gov. Bill Graves' compliance officer on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the governor's representative for constituent services.

Members of KU's physical barriers committee and Donna Hultine, assistant director of parking at KU, plan to meet with Fadale Dec. 4 to discuss the situation.

In the past, KU basketball fans with a handicapped placard were allowed to park for free on game days in the garage north of Allen Fieldhouse.

Critics question whether it's legal to charge 58 handicapped motorists a $6 parking fee. That's the same amount parking services charges the Williams Fund, the athletic department's fund-raising organization, for use of the 720 other spaces in the garage.

"We are charging all equally, instead of not charging some," Hultine said. "It probably caught many of them off guard."

She said the new regulation was implemented prior to the start of this basketball season and complied with state law.

The applicable statute says people with handicap permits shall be exempt from any "parking meter" fees of a state, city, county or other political subdivision.

Hultine said garage spaces taken by handicapped motorists weren't exempt. There isn't metered parking in the garage, since toll gates are open and there is a standard parking fee for the event.

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