Apparently without the ability to pay the claim brought by
"I can't believe we're forcing our individual citizens to personally sue the county for something we did to their property," Supervisor
She was among supervisors who visited
"We basically put them in a hole," she said.
"We feel very strongly that our situation is a very clear cause-and-effect situation,"
The Adkinses bought the home in
The couple recently retained attorney
"If you act to disallow the claim, there will almost certainly be a lawsuit," she said, adding that would add attorney's fees and potentially other costs.
"Either option does not preclude any negotiation between the parties regarding settlement of the claim," he said.
Several supervisors expressed a desire Tuesday to pay the Adkinses' claim for
"In my opinion you can't, and the reason is you don't have a process to do that," Zehms said.
He noted that the
"This body should not become a judicial body," he said.
"I'm in favor of letting the discovery take place to make sure this family will have the opportunity to present their damages, their case and their expert witnesses in order to prepare not just for what's happened now, but for what's to come," she said.
Numerous supervisors voiced frustration because they felt their hands were tied and wanted to help the family more.
"This is really strange and unsatisfying," Supervisor
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