From The Marietta Times
The city of Marietta’s legal bills continue to pile up in a public records lawsuit that was filed against the city in 2011 by Tuscarawas County residents Edward and Dorothy Verhovec and their attorney, William Walker Jr.
“The city has so far paid a total of $422,840.72 in legal expenses for this case,” said Angela Tucker, chief deputy auditor with the Marietta auditor’s office.
Earlier this month city council’s finance committee was asked for another $30,000 to help cover costs for the case which city law director Paul Bertram III says is not over yet. The request was approved by council last week.
Finance committee chairman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, said he was a bit surprised to receive the funding request.
“I thought we were close to the end of that case, but we’re apparently still going through the appeals process, so I don’t think we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for now,” he said. “But what else can we do? We’re continuing to fight in order to recoup the money the city has paid out for this case.”
The original lawsuit, filed June 26, 2011, by Edward Verhovec of New Philadelphia, involved a public records request for approximately 3,300 cable TV survey cards that were returned to the city by customers in 1999.