BY COUNCILOR STEWART:
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 chief administrative officer; and if such recommendation is approved by the chief administrative officer, or such other officer of the city that the chief administrative officer 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 chief administrative officer, or such other officer of the city that the chief administrative officer 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 chief administrative officer, or such other officer of the city that the chief administrative officer 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, except a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, providing for payment of more than $10,000 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resolutions authorizing the settlement of claims, contract disputes or grievances by the city administration are hereby superseded.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution increases the claim settlement limit from $8,500 to $10,000. The limit was last raised in 2000. The higher amount is consistent with state law that requires the city to obtain district court approval for any settlement in excess of $10,000 (Minnesota Statute §466.08). It is also consistent with the administrative contract authority provided in Article 8 of the City Charter. No other changes are made from Resolution 00-0130 approved in 2000.