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Trash hauler submits claim that city damaged semi trailer

Friday, January 4, 2013

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will receive a claim for damages from the city's contracted trash hauler that alleges city staff caused a significant amount of damage to one of the company's trailers while it was being loaded. The claim cites minor damage to the company's trailers as being a common occurrence but the amount of damage caused during the afternoon of Dec. 13, 2012, was "too much damage to ignore."

Steve Fritz, president of Fritz Trucking, said in the claim that "this is the first time in 16 years we have ever had this much damage in one load."

The claim does not estimate the cost to repair the trailer, only that the top of the trailer, across the entire left side was damaged and that cross straps securely bolted to steel cross braces were ripped off.

McCook police officers were called to take pictures of the damage, according to the claim.

City Manager Jeff Hancock said no damage estimates had been provided from Fritz trucking. When asked if the city had estimated the damage amount or if an internal investigation would be coordinated, since city employees were blamed for the damage, Hancock said "Insurance company handles everything. Out of our hands."

Councilors will receive and file the claim during their regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Auditorium.

Also during Monday's meeting renewal of the maintenance agreement between the Nebraska Department of Roads and the city will be considered. The agreement outlines the maintenance responsibilities of U.S. Highways 6-34 and U.S. Highway 83.

According to the meeting agenda the state will pay the city $1,575 per lane mile it is responsible for within city limits, which totals 11.60 miles. The total amount due the city will be $18,270.

A certificate of compliance pertaining to the 2012 maintenance agreement will also be considered. The document certifies that all maintenance has been accomplished per terms of the agreement.

Monday's meeting could be the last city council meeting hosted at Memorial Auditorium. City offices are closed Friday and Monday to complete the relocation of city operations to the new Municipal Facility constructed on West C Street. The new facility is scheduled to be open for business Tuesday.


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