Monday night’s City Commission meeting featured a discussion of a local resident’s sewer issue, which he believes the city is at least partially responsible for.

Monday night’s City Commission meeting featured a discussion of a local resident’s sewer issue, which he believes the city is at least partially responsible for.

The sewer issue has been ongoing, as the resident’s home flooded several months ago due to a backed up sewer line.

While the city is responsible for maintaining the sewer main, residents are responsible for sewer lines from the main to their homes.

The amount of the damage that was not covered by insurance is believed to be over $7,000, and the city agreed to reimburse the resident in the amount of $1,564.44 after a lengthy discussion about how to handle this incident and similar incidents moving forward.

Commissioner Dale Robbins voted against the reimbursement, saying that he worried about setting a precedent that may lead city residents to seek aid from the city whether or not their claims are justified.

Commissioner Craig Stromme disagreed, saying that the situation before the commission was unique and that it wouldn’t necessarily set a precedent with regard to future situations.

Mayor Richard Johnson seemed to side with Robbins initially.

"How many more claims are we going to be getting?” Johnson asked. "It could open Pandora's Box."

However, with the vote at 2-1 in favor of the reimbursement, Johnson ultimately decided in favor of the motion.

Commissioner Rick Morse was absent from the meeting, and a 2-2 tie would have defeated the motion.