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St. Charles, fire district to settle legal dispute

Published: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 3:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 9:53 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The legal dispute over an unpaid bill between the city of St. Charles and Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District was resolved.

The St. Charles City Council unanimously approved the settlement between the two parties at its meeting Monday

“I’m pleased we were able to resolve it outside the court system,” City Administrator Brian Townsend said. “It’s not all of what we wanted, but it represents, I think, a beneficial agreement for both parties, and we look forward to moving on.”

The fire district provided fire services to its residents by contracting with the St. Charles Fire Department until it opened its own stations in May 2011.

St. Charles sued the fire district in fall 2011 for breach of contract after waiting more than seven months for the district to pay the remaining balance of a one-year, $1.8 million agreement for fire and rescue services. The city alleged the fire district owed $37,500 of the final contract.

The settlement states the fire district will pay the city half of that amount, or $18,750.

Without the settlement, the parties were looking at a lengthy trial that would have started at the end of this month, said Ken Shepro, the fire district’s attorney. He said that would have involved more money, legal fees and time commitment on both sides.

“It seems as if both sides decided it was simply time to move on,” Shepro said.

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