Village officials hope to avoid another loss at upcoming hearing

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – One more chance. That’s what officials with the Village of Kalkaska are hoping for at an upcoming hearing in the 46th Circuit Court, as they battle to avoid paying nearly $2.5 million in damages to two former and one current employee in a legal battle over lifetime health benefits.

The upcoming hearing, now slated for Dec. 12 before Judge George Mertz, could be one of the last, if not final chapter, in a more than two-year legal war between the village and a handful of former and current employees.

The hearing was originally slated for Dec. 1 and follows what Village President Jeff Sieting termed as an “unplanned, ad-hoc pretrial conference” on Nov. 20. The seven-member Kalkaska Village Council then held a special meeting to review their options on the following day, Nov. 21.

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