Boulder City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay $48,000 to a man who filed a lawsuit against the city for injuries he claims he suffered in a crash with a city snowplow.
According to earlier reporting in the Camera, the man, Martin Jacobs, was involved in a crash on Dec. 23, 2017, at the intersection of 63rd Street and Arapahoe Avenue with Peter Hinostroza, who was driving the city plow. Jacobs was driving a Toyota Tacoma.
The City Council in April 2018 unanimously approved a separate $19,343.27 settlement with Jacobs.
City Attorney Tom Carr confirmed that the settlement approved Tuesday was for the same incident, though the first payment was for property damage and the current one is for personal injury.
Money for the settlement comes from the city’s property and casualty fund, which was established and funded for the purpose of paying claims and settling cases. According to a staff memo, the settlement is within the city’s “anticipated loss planning parameters.”
City Council is required to approve any settlement that exceeds $10,000.
Given the costs of litigation, Carr said in the staff memo that it’s unlikely the city would fare better if it chose to litigate the case instead of approving the settlement agreement.