According to a statement from someone identified as Francis' friend, the road was under construction and there was an insufficient barrier around the manhole to bring attention to the hazard. She also alluded to the presence of city workers on the scene of the crash, which initiated additional discussion among council members and city staff.
"I don't remember anything about city workers on the scene," said council member Thomas Lively.
Formby explained she was unaware of the claim and therefore did not include it in her correspondence with TMLIRP.
Francis said she did not have an opportunity to share her story in its entirety to the insurer's representative.
City Works Director Bobby Baker explained the sewer crew was working nearby and, according to protocol, would have notified the streets department had crews been aware of a hazardous situation.
Bennett recommended tabling the item until city staff could conduct further investigation to determine if any city worker was aware of the exposed manhole prior to the crash.
The motion passed 4 to 1 with Lively casting the opposing vote.
Council approves board appointments
Filling vacancies on two city boards, council members voted to accept recommendations made by the Mayor's Committee on Boards and Commissions, which consists of council members Tammy Underwood and John Upham.
Brian Reagan was confirmed as Bill Pierce's replacement on the Planning and Zoning Commission following Pierce's resignation.
James D. Hailey was selected to fill the Parks Advisory Board long held by Jackie Harvey, who also recently resigned.
Reagan is a minister at North Oak Church of Christ and Hailey is a parole officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.