The Town of Crawford has been named the defendant in a lawsuit following an incident that occurred in 2014.
According to a complaint and jury demand document filed Oct. 6 in Delta County District Court by Withers Seidman Rice & Mueller P.C. in Grand Junction, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2014, Crawford resident Stephanie Becker stepped on the cover plate of a water meter located at 504 Cedar Avenue. The cover plate was allegedly improperly placed on top of the meter and was not secured. When Becker stepped onto the cover it flipped sideways and Becker's left foot struck the surface below the plate, resulting in a fracture of her left leg.
The document alleges that prior to or on the date of the incident, a representative of the town removed the plate to read or maintain the meter and improperly replaced the plate, resulting in Becker's injuries. It also alleges that the town "actually knew about the danger on the property before Becker sustained any injuries, damages or losses" and "failed to use reasonable care with respect to a danger on the property."
Becker is seeking compensation for injuries, damages and losses in excess of $100,000, said Crawford public works director Bruce Bair. He informed council of the suit at the Dec. 7 meeting and said the town has known about the incident and has briefly discussed it in past council meetings. "It's now in the hands of the insurance agent," said Bair.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.