County may try to recover attorney fees

Mar. 19, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

The County Commission could consider whether to pursue legal action Monday to recoup attorney fees on a number of lawsuits that have been concluded.

The county has faced a number of lawsuits over the past few years, and about a half dozen have reached the point that they’ve been appealed as far as they can and are no longer being litigated.

The county won all of them, and the court ordered the plaintiffs to pay court costs, but didn’t rule on attorney’s fees.

The budget committee voted this month to recommend the commission look at legal action to get the opponents to pay those costs.

The attorney who represented the commission is expected to attend the meeting.

“I think we’re going to have the attorney, Rhonda Bradshaw, talk to them about the recommendation she had (in a letter to commissioners),” Mayor Larry Waters explained.

Bradshaw has indicated she doesn’t believe a judge would rule in the county’s favor if commissioners look to have the plaintiffs pay the fees, he said.

The commission meets at 6 p.m. in the County Courthouse.

Other items on the agenda include:

Reappointment of medical examiners

A resolution setting up a procedure for disposal of the unclaimed remains of deceased people

An update to the Occupational Safety and Health program plan

A resolution supporting development of the East Tennessee Regional Megasite in Jefferson County

jfarrell@themountainpress.com