A possible lawsuit between Edgerton and Gardner regarding a disputed $80,000 wastewater bill has been postponed
At their September meeting, Edgerton council authorized filing a lawsuit against Gardner for a past due bill. At that time, Edgerton’s attorney said communication with Gardner officials had gone silent, although Gardner had made a partial payment of the wastewater bill in December, 2015, which left the $80,000 balance.
However, Edgerton’s lawsuit has been postponed pending mediation.
At the Oct. 27 meeting, Edgerton’s council approved a motion that in lieu of a lawsuit being filed, Edgerton would make a good faith offer to Gardner to mediate the dispute. The offer asked that mediation be set within 30 days of Nov. 1, according to Beth Linn, Edgerton city administrator.
“City of Gardner agreed to mediation,” Linn said. “It will take place on Dec. 22, 2016.”
Daneeka Marshall-Oquendo, Gardner public information officer, confirmed than an outside mediator agreeable to both parties has been selected.
The billing dispute has been ongoing for about three years.
The wastewater treatment plant was funded jointly by Gardner and Edgerton and opened in 2013.