To whom it may concern,
The subject of the property that the City of Three Rivers (hereinafter the “City”) has annexed for purposes of constructing a sports complex is currently being litigated in the Michigan Court of Appeals. There is an Order to Stay proceeding until the Court of Appeals renders its decision. In other words, the City cannot begin, among other things, construction of the sports complex until the Court of Appeals reaches a decision. As such, it is not proper for a Lockport Township Official to discuss or enter into preliminary negotiations a City of Three Rivers representative. The appropriate medium to enter into preliminary settlement discussions would be through our legal counsel: Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC. There have been circumstances of a City representative approaching a Lockport Township Board Member at his place of work to discuss a settlement agreement or enter into preliminary discussions of a settlement. Unfortunately, Lockport Township does not know if the City Council authorized this representative to discuss a possible resolution or enter into settlement discussions on behalf of the City. Lockport Township cannot decline to enter into formal preliminary discussions to settle this pending litigation because its legal counsel has not been approached or contacted by the City. To that end, the Lockport Township Officials will not be commenting about the status of an ongoing litigation. The City Attorney or Special Counsel handling this matter should contact Lockport Township’s legal counsel to discuss any preliminary settlement discussions if it is so inclined. While we cannot comment on the potential of any settlement, we stress that there has been no overture from the City Attorney or the City’s Special Counsel respecting any type of settlement offer and/or negotiation. Furthermore, the Township was not advised of the City’s decision go to the State Boundary Commission until its officials read the same in the newspaper. Please be advised that quotes received from city council members may not be based entirely on fact and the lack of comment from the Lockport Township Board has been based on advice of its counsel respecting this ongoing litigation.