Retirement payouts raise questions in Mexico Beach

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM.

The council will discuss the matters further at its next workshop, scheduled for later this month.

Parker House

Councilman Jack Mullen said he was still awaiting a formal settlement offer on the historic Parker House which caught fire after being purchased by the city in 2011.

In April, the city received a formal offer of $750,000 but the council requested an additional $62,000 in rent reimbursements after hiring a lawyer to look over the policy. The city planned to use the Parker House as the new city hall, but instead had to move into a bank building after the house was declared a loss.

After reviewing the counter-offer last month, an insurance adjustor for the company said it was likely the council would receive a final offer that would include the $750,000 plus $61,100 in rent reimbursement.

At a previous meeting the council agreed they would accept the $750,000 offer as long as the rent reimbursement came along with it. This would allow the city to move forward and develop plans for a new city hall.

“If the final offer comes back with the rent reimbursement, I vote to accept the offer pending legal review,” said Castro.

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