Robert Bush was in Judge Michael Caldwell’s courtroom today representing the Grafton Township Trustees. None of the Trustees were present.
Supervisor Linda Moore was accompanied by her attorney, John Nelson.
Before the judge came in, there was some exchanging of paperwork, which I misunderstood.
I thought Bush was withdrawing from the case, but, no, it was Nelson who was had agreed to withdraw the petition that was on the docket.
“It makes it easy for me,” Bush observed.
“This case is over except for the appeal, some of which is OK, some of which isn’t”
When informed of the change in plans, which freed up two hours in Judge Caldwell’s schedule, he said, “OK.”
And out the door the attorneys and Moore went.
Moore’s attorney Nelson provided the following commentary:
“They did pay the auditor’s bill and I’m going to consider that an olive branch and see if I can work with attorney Bush to see if we can resolve the issued that have boiled over during this term.
“Supervisor Moore is willing to make one last attempt to resolve matters short of all-out litigation.”
When asked if mediator Rob Hanlon would be assisting, the answer was, “No.”
“I’m going to try to work directly with attorney Bush. He was instrumental in getting the auditor’s bill [paid] for the first year.
“If efforts at reconciliation are unsuccessful, we still have plenty of time to litigate matters enforcing the court order before Judge Caldwell.
“My client would like to see an end to the lawyers’ never ending legal bills in this case.
“We are putting the ball into the Trustees court on that matter.”
As I was leaving volunteer mediator Rob Hanlon was conferring with Nelson to find three dates that could be offered to Township Assessor Bill Ottley’s attorney Mike Poper at one of which a compromise between Ottley and Moore would be sought.