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Red Balloon still awaiting insurance settlement from 2009 snowplow incident

Downtown Duncan’s Red Balloon Toy Shop remains in alternate core premises after three years of legal and insurance talks between the city and insurance companies, including ICBC.

Mayor Phil Kent said claim talks about damage — done to the Red Balloon building by a city snow-removal machine in early 2009 — remain private and ongoing.

“We hope something’s settled as soon as possible,” he said recently of the protracted case involving insurance agents and lawyers for store owner Susan Faulkner and the city.

Kent had no idea when the store at Duncan’s major Craig and Station street corner would reopen.

“Interfering could create prejudice for the city, and our concerns are for taxpayers and liabilities.”

Faulkner was eager to get her historic building fixed, and move the Red Balloon back in.

“We’re going to seek our own funding to move forward with repairs because insurance issues with the city are unsolved,” she said.

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