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Council approves tax abatement

Marion’s Common Council approved two resolutions at its Tuesday meeting. One resolution declared an economic revitalization area for property tax deduction for Bahr Brothers Properties.

The second resolution approved a statement of benefits and confirmed the economic revitalization area for Bahr Brothers Manufacturing, Inc.

— Samantha Oyler

Judge orders Seybold’s attorney to pay fees in Old Y case

On Thursday, Grant County Superior Court III Judge Warren Haas ordered attorney Adam Davis, Chad Seybold’s counsel, to pay $10,087.15 to the City of Marion for attorney fees and expenses incurred while responding to a motion filed by Seybold. Seybold’s motion for sanctions and other relief against the city and its counsel for failure to timely produce documents and bad faith was denied in its entirety. 

— Staff report

Judge recuses himself in Old Y counter suit

A special judge from Madison County will be appointed to hear the lawsuit Chad Seybold has filed against the City of Marion, Mayor Jess Alumbaugh, the city’s legal counsel and various individuals.

Grant County Superior Court 1 Judge Jeffrey D. Todd has recused himself from the lawsuit, according to an order issued Nov. 4. The order states the court found that no judge in Grant County could hear the case on its merits, so the Clerk of Courts is directed to select a special judge from Madison County to hear the case.

Seybold is seeking a trial by jury and a minimum of $3 million in damages in the suit due to the city allegedly litigating in bad faith against him in the Old Y case and other actions of the defendants that caused him harm.

— Tim Tedeschi