07-0634R


RESOLUTION APPROVING SETTLEMENT OF CLAIM OF WENDY LEWIS IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000.

BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to pay to Wendy Lewis and her attorney, Jeffrey Montpetit, $100,000 in full and final settlement of a claim which arose out of a motor vehicle accident occurring on September 5, 2003, and giving rise to the civil action Wendy Lewis v. City of Duluth, et. al, St. Louis County District Court File Number 69DU-CV-06-2813; payment to be made from Self Insurance Fund 610, Agency 036, Organization 1652, Object 5841.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  On September 5, 2003, a city employee while operating a city truck assigned to the department of public works and utilities ran a red light at the intersection of 27th Avenue West and Superior Street. The city vehicle then collided with a automobile being driven by Wendy Lewis. Ms. Lewis sustained personal injuries that are permanent in nature as a result of the accident. The physical injuries impaired Ms. Lewis’s ability to work full-time. Ms. Lewis continues to receive medical treatment. Ms. Lewis claims that she remains unable to work full-time. The city engaged in extensive discovery and participated in court ordered mediation. As a result of the mediation, the parties agreed to the settlement amount. This settlement is recommend by the city attorney.