The Contract Review Service is a free program that helps guard member cities against common contract liability exposures by identifying defense and indemnification language that may be problematic.
Staff looks for contract trouble areas such as:
Advice and recommendations on insurance coverage also are provided to help ensure contracted activities fall within the scope of LMCIT coverages.
Staff will review most contracts, but especially wants to review all joint powers agreements and mutual aid agreements. These kinds of agreements may contain defense and indemnity provisions that aren’t in the best interest of two LMCIT members working together.
Since the program was formed during 2007, staff has reviewed contracts that address mutual aid and joint powers agreements and service contracts for:
LMCIT’s review does not replace the services of city attorneys. In fact, staff often works directly with city attorneys during the review process. Review can be as broad or as narrow as needed to respond to specific member concerns, and to protect members’ interests.
Please contact Chris Smith, Risk Management Attorney, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (651) 281-1269 or (800) 925-1122, the next time your city begins to draft an agreement, or during review of an existing agreement.
LMCIT staff is available to answer your joint powers questions, including providing review of mutual aid and other city contracts.
Contact Chris Smith
Risk Management Attorney
(651) 281-1269 or (800) 925-1122
Joint powers agreements can be arranged in many forms. This edition of 3-Minute Risk Management touches on the ten things cities should be mindful of when creating joint powers agreements. More resources on joint powers are located on this page.
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