After lawsuit, 2011 funds could replenish account

After lawsuit, 2011 funds could replenish account

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RACINE — The city may be able to use funds left over in its 2011 judgment and claims account to replenish its now empty 2012 judgment and claims account.

The Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday unanimously recommended moving the just more than $118,000 currently in the 2011 account into the city’s 2012 account.

The City Council voted in February to settle for $220,000 a lawsuit with Racine resident, Rebecca Turk. In her complaint against the city, Turk claimed she suffered “severe” personal injuries and damage when was hit in 2007 by a city employee driving a city car.

Under the settlement, the city was responsible for paying $175,000 and its insurer was responsible for the remaining $45,000.

The city’s share wiped out its 2012 judgments and claims account, which had a remaining available balance of $140,740. An additional $35,000 — transferred from the city’s contingency account — was also handed over to cover the settlement.

Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney said Monday that moving the 2011 money over will ensure the city is able to address any future claims it may have this year.

“We would just like to move (the funds) forward in case we need (them) for some reason this year — nothing anticipated specifically but things come up,” he said.


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