Iowa City Still Negotiating With Insurer Over Landfill Fire

Smoke billows from a landfill cell as Iowa City firefighters and landfill employees continue to work to contain a smoldering fire of the liner system at the Iowa City Landfill on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. The fire started Saturday evening and is expected to burn for several days. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

Tools

By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City officials are negotiating with an insurer about a disputed claim arising from last year's landfill fire.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the City Council has approved a confidentiality agreement with The Travelers Cos. That agreement will keep details of the negotiations confidential.

City officials say that if a settlement were reached, details would be made public when the council voted on it in open session. Assistant City Attorney Eric Goers says a lawsuit remained an option if a settlement were not reached.

The city's policy with Travelers lists sheds and buildings at the Iowa City Landfill, but not the landfill cells where the fire occurred. The company made an initial payment of $155,000, but the fire caused an estimated $3.5 million in damage.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.


read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG