Judge suggested settlement

It was a judge that decided the City of Penticton should pay out a man who had his bag stolen from the library, says the city’s chief financial officer. 

Jim Bauer says the Municipal Insurance Association of B.C. was mostly managing the July 8 claim filed in small claims court by Raman Singh.

Bauer said the insurance association initially opted to decline Singh’s claim, which sought close to $20,000 in expenses after his bag was stolen from the library’s security desk in Nov. 2018. 

“When it went to a conference, in front of a judge, the judge looked at all the facts and through that process there was a conclusion reached that there were some costs that he felt the city would and should be liable for,” Bauer said.

At that conference, the city settled for $3,674.

Bauer acknowledged Singh left his backpack at the security desk “and it was not watched.”

“I guess when the judge looked at it all, maybe he viewed that there was some responsibility on the city’s part for that,” Bauer said.

He explained they typically let the Municipal Insurance Association handle smaller claims like this one, while city management are more hands on with larger lawsuits. 

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