Bryant “doesn’t understand” reasons behind recent civilsuit
by Hawkins Teague
Jul 19, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cadiz City Council adjourned after a quick 30 minutes on July 11, but not before Councilmember Susan Bryant offered her opinion about the lawsuit between Headley Bluff Land Company, residents of two subdivisions and the city.

“They were never denied any services from the city,” she said, referring to the plaintiffs in a class-action suit filed by several residents of the area.

Bryant said she didn’t see why the plaintiffs still felt it was necessary to sue the city for back taxes since they weren’t denied services such as water, lights, police protection, fire protection or garbage pickup. She said the case had originally been about who was responsible for repairing roads in subdivisions owned by Headley Bluff, but that it had turned into something else.

The nature of the case had changed when the legality of the city’s annexation of the land where the subdivisions were eventually built was called into question.

“Good speech,” Mayor Lyn Bailey said simply.

Bryant told The Cadiz Record after the meeting that since the city had agreed to stop the appeal process, she felt free to talk about the case and felt the need “to vent.”

Earlier in the meeting, Clifton Thomas, superintendent for the Cadiz Wastewater Treatment Plant, gave an overview of the plant to the council. He said the plant is currently cleaning out the sludge in the aeration ditch where the old air system will be replaced with new air diffusers. The sludge hadn’t been cleaned out of the ditch in about 20 years, he said.

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