Squished car claim will have to wait
A decision on the disposition of a city resident’s $5,000 claim against the city for squashing his car was postponed until Aug. 18.
Andre Wiktor, whose Volkswagen Superbeetle was towed and subsequently demolished while he was in Europe, was not present at Tuesday night’s South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting.
The council postponed a decision regarding his claim until Wiktor and two friends involved could come before the council to testify.
Council members wanted to know if it’s true that Wiktor’s friends had a chance to claim the car and didn’t.
Larry Nufer, a friend of Wiktor’s who didn’t come into the fray until after the car was towed spoke to the council, urging members to pay the claim or to postpone a decision until Wiktor had a chance to plead his case. Nufer said Wiktor was not present because he thought his claim was to be before the council Aug. 20.
Wiktor left for Europe in late April. He returned in late June.
While he was gone, the city got a call from a resident in Wiktor’s neighborhood saying Wiktor’s car was parked in a vacant lot with the doors open, according to Tim Donley, the city’s code enforcement officer.
Donley said he tagged the car for towing, towed it after the required amount of time. Subsequently the car was demolished in Sparks in mid-June after Donley said he following city procedure for attempting to contact the owner.
“It’s unfortunate I have to come up here and answer questions when we bent over backwards to help him out,” Donley said at Tuesday’s council meeting. He said the city has never paid a penny toward any claim involving abated vehicles.
“This guy says you’ve never lost a case,” Nufer said to the council while pointing at Donley. “You haven’t got a chance.”
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