Friday, December 4, 2015

Have Messer's Mistakes and Failures Led to Longhollow Tower Debacle?

As previously posted, when Hayward brought Messer on, I as Council President raised the questions regarding the Messer Law Firm.

I stated:

"Many City contracts are of such a nature that the implications of malpractice could have dire consequences.  As such, without a required level of insurance this Council could expose the City to financial harm if we do not protect the citizens with amble insurance."

The Mayor objected and the Messer Law Firm was hired.

Memo to Council

Meow!...from the Crazy Cat Lady.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...


Dear Crazy Cat Lady -

The maximum malpractice insurance that can be obtained under almost all situations is $1,000,000. You cannot just pay more money and get more insurance. Companies just don't offer it. Anything beyond $1,000,000 in liability insurance can only be obtained via extraordinary methods such as using Lloyds of London. It is doubtful that Messer, as a one-man firm, could ever qualify. If the city insisted on having greater insurance coverage it would limit itself to a much larger firm and possibly one that was not even local. Any firm that had to obtain greater insurance would certainly pass that cost along to the city.

The best insurance is not to screw up in the first place. Messer probably knew that he was screwing up but he did it anyway to keep his job. Is there an insurance policy we can buy that will protect us from a mayor that screws up?

Anonymous said...

Maren, please investigate the current City Attorney.

What is her background? Why does she never know an answer to a question asked during City Council meetings? Why does always refer questions to Assistant City Attorney Rusty Wells?

Mr. Messer at the very least know the law and could formulate responses. We should be concerned about the current attorney. Very concerned.

Anonymous said...


Apologies to the Crazy Cat Lady -

I insinuated that we might have to hire an out of town law firm to find one with over $1,000,000 in liability insurance. I forgot that our mayor hired an out of town lawyer when we hired Messer, who practices in not only another city but another state - Birmingham, AL.