City puts lawsuit behind it

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After years of dragging on in the courts, a lawsuit filed against the city over a failed parkland purchase may finally be over.

Friendswood City Council met Monday in a special meeting that included a closed discussion on the lawsuit against the city by Wight Realty Interests Ltd., filed in 2008.

The lawsuit centers around the city’s terminated contract with Wight to develop a park on land the firm owned in Alvin.

When it was later ruled that the city could not develop parks on land located outside city limits, it canceled the purchase contract. But Wight Realty claimed it held up its end of the deal, spending more than $600,000 in the process, and it wanted the city to pick up the tab.

On Monday, council emerged from the closed discussion and voted 4-3 to finally settle the matter, along with ending the ongoing legal costs associated with the case. But it won’t come cheap, impacting the city to the tune of $500,000. Council members Billy Enochs, Patrick McGinnis and John Scott voted against the measure.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the city canvassed election returns and Judge James Woltz administered the oaths of office for Mayor Kevin Holland, Councilman Jim Hill and Councilman Steve Rockey. Rockey won reelection while Holland and Hill had been unopposed for another term.

City Council meetings are usually held on the first Monday of the month at City Hall, 910 S Friendswood Dr., beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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