The Ottumwa Courier

September 17, 2013

Settlement ends sewer suit

STEVE WOODHOUSE
Journal-Express

KNOXVILLE — Following a closed session Monday night, the Knoxville City Council voted to accept a settlement payment in the amount of $40,997.74 from the insurance company of Jeremy Morris. 

According to court records, the City filed a lawsuit against Morris on April 29, in regard to a private sewer main collapse into the City's main in May 2011. 

City Manager Harold Stewart said the City is owed $53,000, and with the settlement, the insurance company for Morris will be dismissed as a party from the lawsuit. The City will pursue the remaining balance from Morris. 

"The issue is that the insurance company will cover the costs of repairing the City's and neighbor's sewer lines, but not that of Mr. Morris," Stewart added. "The City also repaired Mr. Morris's sewer line, which is the remaining balance still due the City after the insurance payment."