City mower blamed for damage to pickup

Friday, May 19, 2017

McCOOK, Neb. — A McCook man is seeking more than $1,300 in damages from the city after a rock he claims launched from a parks department lawn mower damaged his vehicle.

The McCook City Council forwarded the claim for damages from Darrin Samway to the city’s insurance carrier without comment Monday evening, during a regularly scheduled meeting. Claims for damages are typically passed on by city leaders without discussion.

The claim indicates Samway was driving up M Street when the city mower hit a rock pile and shot it into the side of his truck, damaging the passenger side rear door of the 2016 Ram 2500 Outdoorsman. Samway notified the mower operator as to what happened and was instructed on how to file a claim for damages with the city.

The claim includes a $1,321 estimate from Webb Body Shop and indicates the door and box will need to be removed to fix the damage.

Other items approved Monday:

* A proclamation designating May 21-27, 2017, as “National Emergency Medical Services Week” was approved.

* A proclamation designating May 21-27, 2017, as “National Public Works Week” was approved.

* Schmick’s Market was granted a special liquor license for a wedding reception at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building on June 3.

* Pals Brewing Company, LLC, was approved for a special liquor license for a wedding reception at Memorial Auditorium on June 10.

* Mayor Mike Gonzales’ appointment of Kevin Cochran to replace Steve Batty on the Library Advisory Board was ratified. The term for the position expires in June of 2021.

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