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UNITED STATES SENATE Washington DC.

20510-4103 March 14, 1994 The Honorable Henry Cisneros Secretary Department of Housing and Urban Dev 451 Seventh Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20410 Dear Mr. Secretary: I was recently contacted by officials from Deuel County, South Dakota, regarding the effort to bring, the Deuel County Courthouse into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I have attached for your review copies of a letter I received from Mr. Robert Atyeo, Deuel County Auditor, and the County's architect's compliance cost-projection report. I write you today in accordance with the guidelines spelled out in President Clinton's Executive Order #12875, "Enhancing the Intergovernmental Partnership," which went into effect January 24, 1994. It is my hope that the Department will work with Deuel County officials on their effort to meet their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Deuel County is located in northeastern South Dakota. Over the course of the past five years, the area has been devastated by a series of natural disasters. The early 1990S brought repeated flooding, which inflicted costly damage on Clear Lake. Last summer's Mississippi River flooding was only the latest in an extended sequence of the region's problems. Deuel County has a population of 4,522 individuals and a total county valuation less than $200 million. It is highly dependent upon the success of its predominantly agricultural population. Unfortunately, farm income in the area has been down for some time. A succession of poor crops and natural disasters have resulted in unexpected Country expenditures and reduced revenue. Deuel County's current fiscal status is extremely precarious. In his letter Mr. Aryeo outlines his concerns about how the county would be negatively impacted by further increases necessitated by the demands of ADA compliance. Atyeo also points out that Deuel county experiences an extremely small demand for disability services, I should emphasize that my constituents do recognize their need to ensure access for disabled individuals and want to meet this civic obligation.

Finally, Deuel County officials are concerned about preserving the historic integration of the Deuel County Courthouse building This limestone and pared concrete structure was built between 1916 and 1919. It is my understanding that it is on National Register of Historic Places. The County is currently struggling with the challenge of complying with regulations promulgated by the ADA. On behalf of Deuel County, I am requesting a timely review of their situation. Any

01-03166 The Honorable Henry Cisneros March 14,1994 Page Two consideration you can afford them, either in the form of regulatory flexibility or financial assistance, would be greatly appreciated. With best wishes, I am Sincerely Tom Daschle United States Senate TAD/mdc 01-03167