Airport Wants Obama Administration to Pay Up

Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 11:05 AM

By Greg McDonald

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A small airport operator has filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration in an effort to collect for damages allegedly caused by a presidential visit last year to Marlborough, Mass.
According to a report Tuesday in the Boston Business Journal, Marlborough Airport Properties Inc. is seeking $676,048 for property damages to its runway and other areas of its facility that were caused by the Secret Service detail charged with protecting the president.
The Journal quoted the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court as saying that “ground vehicles brought onto the airport by or under the Secret Service, such as, but not limited to, a ‘foam truck,’ which weights approximately 44,000 pounds [were] negligently driven,” causing damage to the runway.
The lawsuit also complains that “grassed-in areas” were also significantly damaged in the April 1, 2010, visit and that there was “no clearance in advance” granted by airport officials for the Secret Service to bring in ground vehicles.
The Department of Homeland Security, which originally denied a request from the airport for reimbursement to cover the cost of repairs, is named in the suit.
“They stated we haven’t shown or proven any negligence,” Evans J. Carter, the lawyer for the airport company, told the Journal. The company is seeking a jury trial.

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