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Accident claim on city agenda

Friday, September 3, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will review a $100,000 claim for damages at Tuesday's semi-monthly meeting, 7:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers.

The claim was filed by attorneys for Beverly Spilinek as a result of a September 2009 accident involving her 1993 Ford Taurus, which was backed into by a city garbage truck. The claim cites thousands of dollars in medical and dental bills, wages lost because of inability to work in the past and future and loss of earning capacity, among other damages.

Council members will also consider authorizing the sale of two properties acquired as part of recent demolition projects.

Howard and Barbara Musgrave wish to purchase 206 W. Seventh and a portion of "miscellaneous McCook" also located at the West McCook addition for $5,000. Paul Monzon has requested to purchase 410 South Street for $6,000.

City Council members have previously expressed their desire to ensure the recently cleared properties are sold to individuals who plan to redevelop the lots.

Other items on the consent and regular agenda;

* The City of McCook has been awarded NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) funds to demolish West Ward School and the City Council will review conditions of the funds as well as those set forth by the State Historic Preservation Office.

* The second of three required readings for approval of the 2010-11 city employee pay plan is scheduled.

* The 2010-11 city budget will be considered for approval upon its third and final reading.

* Jenny Blankenship of Public Financial Management will further review planning models for future water and sewer rates. The City Council will subsequently consider the ordinance to increase sewer rates by $1 per month, upon its second of three required readings.

* Review of a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the contract between the city and the McCook Professional Firefighters Association union.

* The bid for the south city parking lot repair will be awarded.

* Council will review a request for a special liquor license from Ho Jo's Hideaway for the Mule Deer Foundation Fund Raiser, Oct. 9, 2010.

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Sounds like she needs a new car but $100,000.

-- Posted by geewhiz on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 2:05 PM

Couldn't have been said any better geewhiz...

-- Posted by youngneighbor on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 2:54 PM

Please explain if she had no responsibility for accident. Why not be responsible for her loses?

-- Posted by commonsensenotforeveryone on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 4:26 PM

If she has medical and dental bills she must have been injured.

-- Posted by heymicahs mom on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 10:15 PM

Lawyers going for the city insurance money again... and ulitmately the taxpayers paying the premuim.

-- Posted by Cornwhisperer on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 11:04 PM

Darn Lawyers...always going for the jugular.

-- Posted by cplcac on Mon, Sep 6, 2010, at 8:42 AM

If they were your lawyers, you'd want them to do the same. It's called accepting responsibility for an accident. She was injured, she should be compensated regardless of who it was.

-- Posted by Rural Citizen on Mon, Sep 6, 2010, at 8:09 PM

Don't be so quick to judge. Lost wages, both from the victim and from family members as well, who have to take time to care of her, out of pocket medical expences which add up real fast, physical therapy after the initial treatment, travel expenses if that is not available in your town. 100K? Not so unrealistic.

-- Posted by Mesa Dave on Sat, Sep 11, 2010, at 10:03 AM

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