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Man suing city over water meter accident

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man is suing the city government over an injury he claims was a result of negligence on the part of city workers.

Benjamin Jones Jr. filed a petition in Riley County District Court claiming city workers did not properly screw down the cover of a city water meter in the 1200 block of Pierre Street, causing him to break his foot after accidentally stepping on top of it.

Jones’ attorney, Timothy King, Wichita, said the city refused to do anything after Jones complained. The incident reportedly took place in April 2012.

Jones is asking for in excess of $75,000.

In March, the city, represented by Michael Seck, Overland Park, filed an answer to Jones’ petition stating that under Kansas law the city is exempt from liability and that Jones’ damages are a result of negligent acts on his own part.

The city requested a jury trial, as is the case, Seck said, with any personal injury suit.

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