[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Lodi as Ch. 25 of the City Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The 504 Coordinator appointed under § 78-3A shall coordinate all efforts of the City of Lodi to comply with any state and federal law or regulation concerning discrimination based on handicap. The 504 Coordinator shall process all complaints under the grievance procedure set out in § 63-2 below and shall maintain copies of all complaints and maintain records of the investigation and resolution of said complaints.
Persons who allege that they have been discriminated against by the City of Lodi because of handicap may file a written complaint with the 504 Coordinator or the City Clerk (who shall immediately forward the complaint to the 504 Coordinator).
The complaint shall be made on a form provided by the City of Lodi, which form shall be available from the 504 Coordinator or the City Clerk.
The complaint form shall provide a place for the date of filing, the complainant's name, address, telephone number and signature, and a description of the alleged discrimination. The form shall also notify the complainant that he may request a hearing in writing within 10 days of filing the complaint.
A request for a hearing may be served on the 504 Coordinator or the City Clerk.
Complaints must be filed within 120 days of the alleged violation.
The 504 Coordinator shall investigate all complaints and afford all interested persons and representatives an opportunity to be heard. The 504 Coordinator shall preside over any hearing requested by a complainant. Hearings shall be held in an informal manner, and no record of the hearing shall be required.
The 504 Coordinator shall issue a written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of its resolution within 60 days of the filing of the complaint or 30 days of the hearing date, if any, whichever date is later. A copy of the written determination shall be furnished to the complainant and the City Clerk.
The complainant may appeal the disposition of his claim by filing a petition for a hearing before the Common Council. The petition shall be served on the 504 Coordinator or the City Clerk within 20 days of the date of the 504 Coordinator's written determination.
The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person's pursuit of other remedies. Utilization of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.
These rules shall be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested persons, to meet appropriate due process standards, and to assure that the City of Lodi complies with all regulations or rules implementing statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of handicap.
[Added 9-4-2007 by Ord. No. A-379]
Fair and open housing. The City of Lodi hereby adopts § 106.50, Wis. Stats., as amended, and all subsequent amendments thereto.
City authority to prevent housing discrimination. The officials and employees of the City of Lodi shall assist in the orderly prevention and removal of all discrimination in housing within the City of Lodi by implementing the authority and enforcement procedures set forth in § 106.50, Wis. Stats., as amended.
Fair housing complaint and enforcement process. The City Clerk shall maintain forms for complaints to be filed under § 106.50, Wis. Stats., as amended, and shall assist any person alleging a violation thereof in the City of Lodi to file a complaint thereunder with the Wisconsin Department of Work Force Development, Equal Rights Division, for enforcement of § 106.50, Wis. Stats., as amended.