00-0130R
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY ADMINISTRATION TO SETTLE CERTAIN CLAIMS AND CONTRACT DISPUTES.
BY COUNCILOR EDWARDS:

RESOLVED, that whenever any claim for damages or worker's compensation benefits is filed against the city, or whenever the city has a claim for damages against any party, or whenever the city has a dispute with any party over the interpretation of a contract, other than a collective bargaining agreement, the city attorney shall investigate such claim or contract dispute and, if he shall be of the opinion that such claim or contract dispute shall be settled and compromised, he shall make written recommendation of settlement to the administrative assistant; and if such recommendation is approved by the administrative assistant, or such other officer of the city that the administrative assistant has so designated by written instrument, such settlement may be implemented without city council approval.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that whenever it is necessary for the city to sign a release or any other document in order to implement a settlement made under authority of this resolution, the administrative assistant, or such other officer of the city that the administrative assistant has so designated by written instrument, or the city attorney is hereby authorized to sign such release or other document on behalf of the city.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the administrative assistant, or such other officer of the city that the administrative assistant has so designed by written instrument, is hereby given authority to settle and compromise grievances brought under the provision of any collective bargaining agreement entered into by the city, and such settlements may be implemented without city council approval.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that no settlement of any contract dispute, grievance, or any claim other than a claim for worker's compensation benefits providing for payment of more than $8,500 either to or by the city shall be made under authority of this resolution.

RESOLVED, that all prior resolutions authorizing the settlement of claims, contract disputes, or grievances by the city administration are hereby rescinded.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: As normal organizational changes occur every few years, a different city official has been authorized to approve settlements. This resolution places the authority for this function with the administrative assistant, and empowers him or her to delegate it as is appropriate. It also increases the claim settlement limit from $5,000 to $8,500. The limit was last raised in 1992, and inflation has had the effect of raising the amount of current claims that were $5,000 claims in 1992.