Boyne City spends $19,481 on lawyer fees for Kirtland Products court case
Kirtland chips (News Review file photo / August 30, 2013)
According to documents obtained by the Petoskey News-Review through the Freedom of Information Act, Boyne City paid Plunkett Cooney law firm $19,481 for 134.9 hours of work.
The city was charged between the dates of Feb. 4, 2013 and July 23, 2013.
“We spent $14,000 to help fund the RSG groups to mitigate the situation in the beginning and we looked at that as an investment,” Cain said. “The money spent on lawyers, it’s just the cost of doing business.”
He said that once Kirtland filed a lawsuit they felt like they had no other options.
After the factory began production in December of 2011 the city was faced with noise and pollution complaints from residents. Collaborative efforts between the city and the company weren’t successful.
The city voted to revoke Kirtland’s operation permit in January of 2012, Kirtland then began legal proceedings to appeal the vote.
The Charlevoix County Circuit Court ruled in favor of Kirtland on Aug. 20.
“The planning commission took a position and we’re supportive (of that) decision,” Cain said. “We felt that it was just something they had to do.”
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