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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:00 am

The city of Pacific and Brush Creek Sewer District remain at a stalemate over an out-of-court settlement on the city’s breach of contract lawsuit against the sewer district.

City and sewer district officials met in a closed meeting at Pacific City Hall March 4 to try to reach an agreement on the future of the district and avoid a court battle.

Mayor Herb Adams said there was nothing to report “yet,” when city and sewer district officials returned to the public meeting from a joint closed meeting involving city officials and trustees of the Brush Creek Sewer District.

Adams later told The Missourian that it was agreed that neither party would talk to the newspaper until the parties come to an agreement.

The closed meeting took place in the Pacific Police Department on the lower level of the government center during the Pacific board of aldermen meeting.

Franklin County Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer, First District Commissioner Tim Brinker and County Attorney Mark Vincent all represented the sewer district at the meeting. Chris Boone, Cochran Engineering, also attended.

The three county commissioners serve as trustees for the sewer district.

The two groups met for more than an hour, then returned to the open board meeting to adjourn their closed meeting and noted that there was nothing to report.

Adams told The Missourian prior to the meeting that he had requested the sit-down discussion between the city and sewer district board to try to resolve the issues surrounding the city’s lawsuit of the district without going to court.

The city sued the sewer district in March 2013 for breach of contract, saying the district was exceeding the limits of wastewater it discharges into the Pacific sewer system.

Brush Creek trustees had recently approached the city with an offer to conclude the disagreement, saying they would make the repairs and pay the city $100,000 to cover Pacific’s legal costs in the matter.

City officials say they have spent $250,000 in legal costs to date.

There was no indication from either party what issues remain to be resolved.

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