by Lisa Tome
When it comes to lawsuits brought against the Town by Mayor Bob Fisher and others, the legal fees are not covered.
That's what Commissioner Travis Marion told town officials last month.
Marion read an email from town solicitor Jay Gullo at the January 14 town meeting.
Gullo outlined three cases against the town which were filed at least in part by Mayor Fisher.
• Case 07C-11-000129 - requested an injunction to prohibit the Town from building the wastewater treatment plant. This case was filed before Fisher was mayor. This matter was dismissed by the court and withdrawn by the plaintiffs.
• Case 07C-12-001987 - Requested an injunction prohibiting the enactment of ordinance 2012-03 which amended the structure of the town government. This matter was dismissed by the court. An appeal in the Court of Special Appeals is pending and will likely be heard in early May. The town board passed ordinance 2013-02 which mirrors 2012-03.
• Case 07C-13-001074 - Requested administrative review regarding the charter amendment which addressed the removal of an elected official for just cause. This matter was dismissed by the court.
Gullo stated that regarding paying for these cases "With all of these cases, as there was no request for monetary damages and the actions were based in Equity rather than Law, LGIT (Local Government Insurance Trust) did not provide coverage (legal defense) in the matter."