BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to pay to Robert and Judith Larsen the sum of $11,501.03 in full and final settlement of the claim which arose out of a break in a city watermain occurring on February 10, 2007; payment to be made from the Self Insurance Fund 610-036-1652-5841.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: On February 10, 2007, a city watermain ruptured causing water to penetrate and damage the basement of a house located at 5032 Norwood Street and owned by Robert and Judith Larsen.
The city’s liability is based upon the legal principle that it is under a duty to maintain its watermains in a reasonably safe condition. 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. Settlement negotiations were conducted, and an agreement has been reached in the amount of $11,501.03. The city attorney’s office recommends this settlement.