Council votes to approve motions to help end four-year legal battle

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – The members of the Kalkaska Village Council might have taken another step forward to end a four-year legal battle when approving a trio of motions at its regular meeting Monday, June 11.

The seven-member board, along with village manager Scott Yost, met in closed session for nearly 90 minutes before coming back and unanimously approving the three motions at Monday night’s meeting.

The first motion was to “approve and accept the confidential release and settlement agreement” with a trio of former village employees – former village manager and police chief Melvin Hill, William Ramsey and Helen Chew Artress – who had sued the village over an agreement to provide lifetime health insurance benefits.

The second motion was to enter into a consent agreement with the three plaintiffs “that results in a complete and full resolution of all claims” against the village, while the third motion authorizes the village manager to work with Kalkaska’s bond council “to structure the bond proposal and solicit proposals from potential purchasers” in anticipation of an agreement being entered with the court.

Village President Haley Wales said the motions might lead to the end of the legal battle that started in 2014, if accepted by the opposing parties.

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