Man seeks reimbursement for pothole damage to car

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

McCOOK, Neb. — A local man is seeking reimbursement for the damage his Cadillac suffered while traveling on a rough patch of city streets. McCook city leaders will receive and file the claim this evening during a regularly scheduled meeting of the McCook City Council, 6:30 p.m., at the Municipal Center.

According to the claim, Scott Tobias was traveling on West 5th Street in mid-December when he pulled to the side of the roadway to allow an oncoming vehicle to pass. He subsequently hit a “chuck” hole where the asphalt meets the cement gutter, causing an estimated $950 in damage to his 2014 Cadillac.

Two tires on the vehicle were split on the sidewall and one aluminum wheel was bent, according to the submitted claim. The subsequent repairs included $525 for an aluminum wheel; $355 for two tires; and $70 for an alignment and parts.

The accident occurred just north of the intersection of West 5th Street and Westridge Parkway.

Claims for damages against the city are typically received without comment from City Council and subsequently filed for appropriate action with the city’s insurance carrier.

Also during tonight’s meeting:

* City staff is recommending a bid for the purchase of 20 self-contained breathing apparatus for the fire department be awarded to Sandry Fire Supply in the amount of $142,451. The equipment will be purchased through a lease-purchase program with a $15,000 down payment approved by City Council in the current budget and annual payments planned going forward.

* City Council will receive and file the financial report for the fiscal period ending on Nov. 30, 2017. The “Treasurer’s Report” provides the beginning cash balances as of Oct. 1, 2017, plus year-to-date receipts, minus disbursements, giving the ending cash balance as of Nov. 30, 2017, according to the agenda item.

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  • I always knew what McCook did in instances like this, thinking Lincoln would do the same, wrong. Turning one into them six years ago I got a letter from the city attorney's office merely saying we did know it was there, case closed. Many times since I have seen these complaints in the paper and the City keeps saying we are not responsible we did not know they were there.

    -- Posted by michaelh.1155 on Tue, Jan 2, 2018, at 8:25 PM
  • These roads cause me to need my chiropractor and a wheel alignment more often than normal.

    -- Posted by StacieSandall on Tue, Jan 2, 2018, at 9:38 PM
  • And yet..... We don't want to our taxes to be raised. Quite the paradox isn't it?

    If the City pays ALL claims, then more claims will be sought. The more of those claims they pay, the less money there is to make repairs. The less repairs there are, the more potholes we have and the more claims there will be. The more potholes we have the more claims will be paid, the more claims they pay, the less repairs we can do. The less repairs that we have, the more claims there will be. The more claims we have..... Well, you get the point.

    Now if I'm driving down the road and hit a deer, how do I get hold of..... Parks and Recreation.... I guess? Afterall, it can't be MY fault right?

    Look at what a cup of hot coffee can do to the system of legal precedence. We have signs up that warn us about the dangers of placing plastics bags over our heads. I feel that I'm wise enough to keep clear of identifiable hazards, one of which is that rough edge of the street. If I had to move to the sidewalk to avoid traffic, perhaps there may be another party involved in this equation yes?

    Oh, and also.... If the perils of driving in McCook are too rigerous, then I'd steer clear of other towns that don't have paved allies, or even paved side streets.... Who knows what pitfalls lay in lurch?

    I have to say it.... Give me a break..... No really, if my taxes have to go up, I'd rather it be for improvements, NOT for paying everyone's hard luck claims. There's your tax break right there.

    -- Posted by Nick Mercy on Wed, Jan 3, 2018, at 1:21 AM
  • I had to do the research..... this is what I found out:

    The process is, a claim is filed with the Deputy City Clerk, it then gets sent to Council, Council approves it be submitted to insurance and the insurance company handles/investigates it from there.

    The claim is never sent to the City Attorney.

    Perhaps the system that was in play six years ago has changed.... I didn't ask, but this is the system in force currently, according to my research.

    -- Posted by Nick Mercy on Wed, Jan 3, 2018, at 3:49 PM
  • This guy makes more money as a dentist than most of us readers. He can swing $950 in car repairs. I get damage sucks, but that’s the risk you take when you choose to drive. If this happened to me, I’d pay for the repairs and then let the city know about the issue. If it doesn’t get fixed and my car is damaged again, then I’ll go after a claim.

    -- Posted by Leann89 on Thu, Jan 4, 2018, at 10:07 PM
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