Jul 172013

By Naomi Hatch
The Town of Taylor will pay Hancock Cattle Company, LLC, $40,100 for losses reportedly related to runoff from the wastewater treatment plant under an agreement approved during in a special meeting of the town council held July 10.
After more than four hours of discussion and three executive sessions to receive legal advice, the council and Eddie Hancock, who represented the company, came to an agreement on Hancock’s claim against the town. The claim alleged, “Cattle losses over the past five years have been sustained by the Hancocks due to death, deformity and aborting baby calves, due to draining the poison water.” The water was reportedly from the wastewater treatment plant and had gone onto Hancock land.
Hancock’s valuation of the six cows lost and the 46 calves that should have been born to these cows was $35,900. In addition, the complaint stated that the cattle company incurred additional expenses when it had to relocate cattle due to the sewer runoff.
Upon returning from executive session, Councilman Carl Cosper moved to accept the settlement agreement as noted with attachments they had just discussed. The motion was seconded by Mayor Fay Hatch and passed unanimously. The settlement totaled $40,100.
In other business, due to the passage of an ordinance that requires council approval to hire and fire department heads, the council unanimously approved the hiring of Allen Davis as the town’s building official.
Town Manager Gus Lundberg stated that Davis’ spouse lives in Taylor and he is looking forward to relocating to Taylor. He is qualified and willing to augment the building official position by attending meetings and other things as needed.