Groveport seeks to recoup losses from damage to public property

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Groveport City Council is considering legislation that would enable the city to seek restitution from people who cause damage to public property.

“We wanted to formalize a process that provides the opportunity for us to seek reimbursement for costs when individuals cause damage to public property,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “I anticipate this process will be used mainly for damage from traffic accidents. On occasion a traffic accident can result in damage to public property, such as guardrails, street signs, and light poles. In the past the city has paid for these repairs. Instead of eating the cost for the repairs, the city would work with the individual’s insurance provider to seek reimbursement.”

King said there have not necessarily been a frequency accidents lately that triggered this process.

“However, we want to have the process and fees in place for whenever an accident does occur,” said King. “In the past, guardrails, street signs, and light poles have been damaged.”

When asked if this ordinance would also apply when individuals vandalize public property, King said, “This is geared more toward damage from traffic accidents, but if someone intentionally damaged public property, we would do what we could to seek reimbursement for the cost of repairs.”

King said the amount of money the city could save if this legislation is enacted is difficult to estimate.

“This is all based on damage to public property,” said King. “However, this will save the city money any time damage occurs to public property and we can recoup the cost for repair.”

Council heard the first reading of the legislation on May 24 and will discuss it further at its committee of the whole meeting on June 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

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