Commissioners take no action on MSBU

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

“Another issue that came up was that we should put measures in place to be sure spending of the MSBU never occurs again,” Gothard said.

She noted that the county is engaged in a lawsuit with a group of Sunny Hills residents, and said the group was seeking $7 million from the county in damages. At the community meeting, Gothard said she received a note from another Sunny Hills group also threatening to sue the county.

“It was apparent to me that a number of the people want to continue the MSBU,” Abbott said. “When the MSBU was formed, it was formed for a purpose. Can that purpose be altered?” Abbott asked Goodman.

Goodman said the Sunny Hills MSBU ordinance was broader than a typical ordinance, and that the ordinance could be changed to narrow the focus of the MSBU. “Most MSBU ordinances you see now in the state are very specific.” Goodman said he would suggest terminating the MSBU then starting a new one with a more specific scope.

“This has been an ongoing issue, and I think the board just wants to make things clear,” said Abbott.

Another problem the county faces is future maintenance of Sunny Hills’ roadways, Abbott said.

“Those are county roads, and we will have to maintain them,” Abbott said.

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