“My understanding is that their insurance company would cover it,” Stewart said Tuesday morning. The council’s decision to cover the family’s $250 insurance deductible was conveyed to the family after the closed session. According to Sherman’s April 1 message to Stewart, the City has a benefit of Moral Obligation to Pay. The City is allowed to pay up to $5,000 in damages if the City feels obligated to pay. ICAP will reimburse the City 75 percent of the costs of its assistance to the McCombs family.
Stewart said he believes the council’s actions will make the family whole and cover all of their out-of-pocket costs.