Two brothers whose car struck a lampost have both been awarded €15,000.The accident happened in Letterkenny on St Stephen’s Day in 2014 when the car in which they were back-seated passengers hit the lamp-post. The boys suffered soft tissue injuries to their necks and shoulders and were preventedThe boys, who are now aged 12 and 13, appeared along with their father at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court.Offers of €13,000 were initially made to the boys but this was deemed a “little light” by the boys legal team and renewed offers of €15,000 were made.The boys did not suffer any long-term injuries but were restricted from physical activities for a term.Judge Martin Nolan agreed to recommend the offers which he described as “very good offers.”He also awarded costs to the boys’ counsel.Young brothers awarded €30,000 after car hits lampost was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Representatives from the Mat-Su Borough have met with state officials regarding violations of the Clean Water Act at the Talkeetna sewer lagoon, but the details of those discussions have not yet been made public.Mat-Su Borough Attorney Nicholas Spiropoulos confirms that the borough is in discussions with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to come to an “amicable solution” regarding the violations. Spiropoulos says he cannot share specifics because a resolution has not yet been reached.Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke, whose district includes Talkeetna, believes the real goal of the meeting was to make improvements, rather than punish the borough. Kowalke also says he cannot discuss details from the meeting.Michael Solter, Compliance Program Mangaer for ADEC, says results may take time to manifest, since wastewater remains in the treatment system for more than six months. Solter believes that the state and the borough both recognize the issue and are working in good faith to solve it.Last November, the ADEC sent a letter to the borough, which operates the Talkeetna sewer and water system, stating that the state intended to begin enforcement actions for numerous violations the Clean Water Act. Specifically, the Talkeetna Sewer Lagoon has consistently been out of compliance on levels of fecal coliform and dissolved oxygen contained in treated water leaving the system and flowing to the Talkeetna River.The Mat-Su Borough attempted numerous temporary fixes last summer, including skimming grease from the surface of the lagoon, replanting vegetation, and artificially aerating the system. While those efforts did yield results, they were not enough to bring the system fully into compliance.Further meetings between ADEC and the borough are expected to take place next month.