WARNER ROBINS -- A city insurer determined months ago that the city of Warner Robins was not liable for damages a local property owner claims he is owed, City Attorney Jim Elliott said Thursday.
The city was served papers Monday for a lawsuit in which Naim Jaber claims the city owes him an unspecified amount of money to cover the cost of four years without a water line connection and the loss of a tenant.
Elliott said Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, a collaborative municipality insurer, reviewed the case several months ago and decided there were no legal grounds for a lawsuit.
As there is now a lawsuit, Elliott said, the city and insurer will review the details of the case in the next month, focusing on the time frame, sequence of events and what was promised at the time the property was purchased.
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“Someone can’t just build a building and demand that utilities are provided,” Elliott said.
In the lawsuit, Jaber claims he bought a Commercial Circle property in 2004 and built a two-story building whose appearance city officials allegedly did not agree with. According to the lawsuit, the city refused for four years to hook up water service and subsequently forced a tenant to prematurely terminate the lease.
The city must file a response within 30 days.
Jaber has not returned calls for comment.
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