Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2003

Basehor officials planning for trial date in civil case

November 6, 2003

Although Basehor city officials hope a civil lawsuit against the city can be resolved beforehand, plans are proceeding as if the case will go to trial.

Next week, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, a civil lawsuit filed by Gary and Artie Wells against the city of Basehor is scheduled for a hearing in Leavenworth County District Court.

In March, the Wellses, residents of Cedar Lakes, filed the lawsuit against Basehor alleging the city acted "unreasonable" in approving a rezoning request for the Pinehurst development. Cedar Lakes residents object to the development's plans to build a 248-unit apartment complex.

A mediation session took place last week at Basehor City Hall between Pinehurst developers, the Wellses' attorney and city attorney John Thompson.

The process is confidential so details of the mediation session are limited, Thompson said. However, he said the meeting was "very productive," and that all parties involved in the lawsuit "got their positions out on the table."

"Hopefully, this will result in resolving the case," he said. "We're still in the process of talking and negotiating but as it stands now, it's scheduled for trial next week."

Thompson said, ideally, the city wants to resolve the lawsuit outside the confines of district court.

If the case does go before a judge, Thompson was confident City Council members acted in reasonable fashion when deciding on the rezoning.

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