BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to pay to Gordon Ramsay the sum of $12,473.21 in full and final settlement of the claim which arose out of a sewer backup due to a break in the municipal sanitary sewer line; payment to be made from Self Insurance Fund 610, Agency 036, Organization 1653, Object 5841.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: On May 16, 2005, a break was found in the municipal sanitary sewer. As a result of that break, sewage backed up and flowed into the basement of the house located at 36 East Buffalo Street. This house is owned by Gordon Ramsay and used as rental property. The overflow event caused damages to the building and to personal property.
The city’s liability is based upon the duties and obligations to maintain the public sewers and keep them free of debris.
The city of Duluth has investigated this claim and verified the damages and expenses. The civil division of the city attorney’s office analyzed the city’s loss exposure and recommends this settlement.