BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) - The City of Beavercreek faces losing federal highway dollars after a federal ruling found discrimination in the city's denial of bus stop applications.
The decision came two years after the Beavercreek City Council shot down placing three stops on Pentagon Blvd., near the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton, referred to as LEAD, filed a complaint with the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Civil Rights.
The federal office considered the impact to be a form of discrimination against African Americans and ordered Beavercreek officials to devise a new criteria for RTA bus stops within the city by the end of September.
Beavercreek city council has hired an attorney out of Washington D.C to advise them. Adam Levin serves as the Washington Office Practice Manager for Hogan Lovells' Litigation, Arbitration and Employment Group, practicing civil litigation in matters before federal courts, state courts, and arbitration panels across the country.
Levin outlined the issue and potential outcomes before residents during a regular city council meeting Monday evening.
Levin said the city does have the right to appeal, however, further explained this would not stop the city's obligation to comply with the federal highway administrations ruling. The city would have to file a separate motion in court. Levin said this could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The amount of federal funding in jeopardy is unclear, as well as how long the city would lose it, should Beavercreek refuse to comply with the FHA ruling.
Council members voted to discuss the matter further during its next regular session meeting on August 12.
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