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File #: 1183-2012    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/24/2012 In control: Public Safety & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 6/18/2012 Final action: 6/21/2012
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the case of Maria Helena Trejos v. Ronald M. Moss, et al., pending in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas; to authorize the transfer of funds within the Division of Police General Fund Budget; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $60,000.00 in settlement of this lawsuit; and to declare an emergency. ($60,000.00)
Explanation

BACKGROUND:

This Ordinance is submitted to settle the lawsuit known as Maria Helena Trejos v. Ronald M. Moss, et al. Case No. 11CVC-02-2124 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in the amount of sixty thousand dollars ($60,000.00). Ms. Trejos sued Officer Moss and the City, alleging the City employee's negligent operation of a City motor vehicle caused her personal injury. On September 10, 2010, Officer Moss failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with the vehicle driven by Ms. Trejos. Ms. Trejos was injured in the collision; she received medical treatment, and she was absent from work for six months resulting in lost income.

FISCAL IMPACT:

Funds have not been specifically budgeted for this settlement, but are available in the General Fund ($60,000.00).

Title

To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the case of Maria Helena Trejos v. Ronald M. Moss, et al., pending in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas; to authorize the transfer of funds within the Division of Police General Fund Budget; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $60,000.00 in settlement of this lawsuit; and to declare an emergency. ($60,000.00)

Body

WHEREAS, on February 15, 2011, Ms. Trejos filed a lawsuit in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 11CVC-02-2124, against Officer Ronald Moss and the City, in which she claimed personal injury caused by Officer Moss's negligence in connection with a vehicular accident; and

WHEREAS, following discovery and settlement conferences, the amount of sixty thousand dollars ($60,000.00) in settlement of Ms. Trejos's claims was deemed acceptable by the City of Columbus, along with dismissal of the case with prejudice by all parties and a release of the City of Columbus and its employees, past and present, from any further liability; and

WHEREAS, funds are needed to be transferred within the Division of Police General Fund Budget; and

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation ...

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