City Council continues to discuss lawsuits behind closed doors
by Eric Snyder --
Feb 22, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Less than twenty-four hours before he’d be sworn in as District Judge, City Attorney Jamus Redd briefed the City Council, in executive session, one last time about the Headley Bluff lawsuits.

Though the council, sans Councilwoman Donna McNichols, discussed the suits for more than an hour behind closed door, they took no action. Unlike previous executive sessions, Redd did not make an official statement in open session.

Redd had met earlier in the week with Chappel Wilson, who was said to be speaking on behalf of Headley Bluff Land Company, not the individual home owners who have also brought suit against the city.

Attendees to the meeting were tightlipped afterwards about the discussion. However, when City Administrator and Chief of Police Hollis Alexander was asked afterward if any new developments had been discussed, he said simply, “none.”

He also said Redd didn’t present anything from his meeting with Wilson “that we didn’t already know.”

Redd said he did come into the meeting hoping to come closer to a settlement.

“Obviously, any time I come I hope we can get it settled,” he said.

Redd said complicating factors in the meeting Thursday night were the fact that councilwoman McNichols was not present and that the city is having to procure a new lawyer.

Mayor Lyn Bailey said the council would discuss their selection for a new lawyer at the next City Council meeting, March 7. He did not say if the council already had anyone in mind.

Discussions on hiring the new city attorney will be conducted in executive session, as allowed by Kentucky laws governing open meetings. Official action to hire that person, however, must be conducted in open session.

In the tentative oral agreement that was announced in September, two city council members, Susan Bryant and Frankie Phillips, voted against it.

Redd would not comment Thursday night on whether there was still disagreement among the council members. Members themselves were likewise mum after Thursday’s meeting.
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