Parker House decision looms over election

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting Woodham shared a letter he received fromattorney Dion Moniz who looked over some of the insurance documents.

According to the letter, the settlement being offered was “insufficient” because it implied that the Parker House was a commercial-use building at the time of the fire.

The building should have been, said Woodham, considered a city hall as soon as it was insured by the city.

Moniz’s letter also suggested the settlement does not cover the costs for redesigns that the city completed after the structural analysis or site work that had been completed so far.

A specific amount the city could pursue wasn’t given without the lawyer having access to a list of unreimbursed funds but if hired, he would attempt to get them without litigation and only sue the insurance company if necessary.

The lawyer recommended the council hold an executive session at the end of the month to meet with he and Brian Cathey of Cathey Construction to discuss the specifics.

Castro disagreed the Parker House could be considered a city hall since it was empty at the time of the fire and expressed concern that paying the litigation costs could use up money that the city doesn’t have.

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