County, City Commissions look to wrap up lawsuit over road costs
Case involved construction costs of roads around Gallatin County Regional Park, Oak Street and Ferguson Ave.
Ken Spencer - MTN NEWS
Posted at 2:00 PM, Nov 16, 2021
and last updated2021-11-16 16:00:52-05
BOZEMAN - Gallatin County District Court Judge Rienne McElyea recently delivered a split decision in the case Gallatin County filed against the City of Bozeman over the cost of improvements to roads around the Gallatin County Regional Park, Oak Street and Ferguson Ave., in Bozeman.
In a press release, details of the split decision were spelled out.
Judge McElyea ruled that the city’s Special Improvement District (SID) 745 was created illegally, but also ruled the county should have challenged the construction contract for the road improvements before construction started in 2017.
As the county’s challenge to the contract was not successful, Judge McElyea ruled the 2002 agreement the county entered into when it bought the Regional Park property required the county to pay the cost of the improvements, which totaled $903,426.65. In the past two years, the county has already paid, under protest, $618,028.71, which will be used to satisfy the payment of the construction costs.
Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said, “In March and April, 2017, the County Commissioners were faced with a very difficult decision – whether to stop a major construction project on Oak Street when the city and the contractor were ready to start construction. I fully understand why they chose not to pursue that course.”
The county and city commissions will consider resolutions next week to wrap up the case. Neither the county nor the city plan to appeal.
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