Y'town panel approves legal fees for water fees case


YOUNGSTOWN

The board of control approved a $350,000 payment from the water fund for the legal fees for the attorneys who filed a class-action lawsuit against the city.

The lawsuit questioned the legality of Youngstown’s use of water and wastewater funds for economic development. The legal action was settled in March.

The payment of legal fees was part of the settlement. The board authorized the payment Thursday.

Attys. Robert B. Casarona of Cleveland and Bryan M. Ridder of Youngstown represented the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Also, the board approved a $21,775 payment for mediation services that helped the settle the suit for $1.45 million worth of credits to the city’s water customers. That payment was also part of the settlement agreement and also comes out of the water fund.

Each of the city’s 52,000 water accounts in Youngstown and surrounding suburbs will receive a credit of about $28 as part of the agreement.

Read more about the matter in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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