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JULY 5, 2006 CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY BY MICHAEL AND CHRISTINA COCHRAN JULY 5, 2006 CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY BY MICHAEL AND CHRISTINA COCHRAN

JULY 5, 2006 CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY BY MICHAEL AND CHRISTINA COCHRAN



TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

FROM: ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER

DATE: JULY 5, 2006

SUBJECT: CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY BY MICHAEL AND CHRISTINA COCHRAN

RECOMMENDATION
Reject the claim and direct staff to notify the claimants.

BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION
The claimants allege that a branch from a City tree failed and damaged their fence and shed on 6037 Scotmist Drive on June 13, 2005. The claim is for $2,648.53 for repairs to property damage. To-date the City’s Claims Administrator Carl Warren & Company tendered the claim to City contractor West Coast Arborists for handling. West Coast Arborists has notified the claimants in writing that the company is not accepting responsibility for the tree branch failure due to its belief that the fallen limb was an act of nature. In addition, the claimants notified the City that they received compensation for half of the claim amount from their insurance company.

The City’s Claims Administrator, Carl Warren and Company, has advised the City to reject the claim.

A copy of the claim is attached.

FISCAL IMPACT
None associated with this report.

PREPARED BY

Gina Park
Assistant to the City Manager

APPROVED BY

Les Evans
City Manager

Attachment: claim