City Council to consider $15,000 settlement with east-side homeowners

11/04/2013 2:22 PM

11/04/2013 2:23 PM

A Wichita couple will receive a little more than $15,000 from the city as the result of a 2012 manhole collapse that caused a sewer backup in their home.

The City Council will be asked to approve a $15,250.52 settlement for a May 3, 2012, sewer backup at 14413 E. Tipperary Circle, an upscale east-side subdivision. Appraisal and voting records show the home belongs to Patrick and Patricia Deschaine, and is appraised at a little more than $222,000.

According to city officials and documents, the backup was caused by a collapsed manhole structure. The settlement, documents indicate, is “due to the uncertainty and risk of an adverse judgment at trial.”

Patricia Deschaine did not return a call Monday seeking comment.

The collapse came as council members stepped up the city’s financial commitment to the repair and replacement of city water and sewer lines. Mayor Carl Brewer said in January that the city’s utility infrastructure needs about $2.1 billion worth of work, much of it due to deferred maintenance over the past 15 years.

“This sort of manhole collapse is rare,” said Alan King, the city’s director of public works. “It is a type of sewer collection system degradation that we are hoping to catch up on with the increased renewal and replacement spending approved by council.”

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