When he drives by a light pole that has been knocked down — and it happens at least monthly — Richard Robinson wonders if Kansas City recovers damages from negligent drivers who damage infrastructure.
“If somebody hit something in my yard, I would want them to pay,” said Robinson, who lives in southwest Kansas City. “Look at the whole city, it’s our yard.”
At least as far as light poles are concerned, negligent drivers can be held responsible.
Kansas City has a maintenance contract on the streetlights with Black & McDonald, and it covers replacement of any damaged lights.
The city says the firm has the right to collect damages, based on information provided by the city or obtained from the Police Department, and those recoveries are reflected in the pricing for streetlight repairs.
The Watchdog runs from responsibility whenever possible, but when others are to blame, it’s only right that they should pay.
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