Wells settles with Webers for $41K
The Wells City Council approved a five-part legal settlement with one of its own members, after a closed session last Monday night.
The settlement with Mike and Cindy Weber included a cash payment of $41,000, and de-annexation of the Weber’s property from the city limits.
After taking care of their usual monthly business in a quick 20-minute meeting, the council went into closed session to discuss the Weber settlement, as well as a union employment contract.
A half hour later, the council re-opened the meeting to the public, and quickly voted on the five parts of the settlement.
The main point of the five documents was the agreement to pay the Webers the $41,000. The couple had originally filed a lawsuit asking for a much higher sum, over $200,000.
The Webers will have to pay for all of their own court costs and attorneys’ fees from the agreed upon $41,000 settlement. All of their claims against the city will be dropped, according to the agreement.
The funds will be paid to the Webers by the city through their insurer, the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust.
Also, as part of the agreement, the Webers property on the south edge of Wells will be detached from the city limits. This means the Webers will no longer be residents of the City of Wells. However, two parts of the agreement call for the city to agree to continue to furnish the Webers with city water and sewer services.
Since they are no longer city residents, Mike Weber will not be able to serve out his term on the City Council, and he formally submitted his resignation on Aug. 24. He was not in attendance at Monday’s meeting.
“We are happy to have resolved all of the issues with the Webers,” Mayor Shannon Savick said in a prepared statement released after the meeting. “We will be looking for a replacement for Mr. Weber’s seat on the City Council, and we are anxious to return to our main duties of addressing the needs of our residents.”
De-annexation of the Weber’s property was formally approved by the Wells council on Aug. 10, and by the State of Minnesota on Aug. 24, when it immediately took effect.
Weber, in his letter of resignation, says it was with mixed emotions that he submitted it.
“I realize that there are some people in the city government that did not appreciate my job as a council member,” Weber wrote. “However, nobody can question that I always had the city’s best interests as my top priority.”
He adds that he loves the Wells community and feels he gave 100 percent to the job of being a councilman.
“I was able to accomplish some of the ‘reform’ that I felt was so important when I agreed to serve the taxpayers,” he adds. “I tried to see that the taxes paid by the residents were well spent and properly accounted for, and I was never willing to be a ‘rubber stamp.’