Light rail lawsuit may cost city nearly $40M

City council is meeting Friday to discuss a lawsuit from the cancellation of the previous light rail plan.

City council is meeting Friday to discuss a lawsuit from the cancellation of the previous light rail plan.

Mayor Larry O’Brien said he is hoping to have the matter wrapped up and put away “very, very quickly.”

However, a settlement could cost nearly $40 million.

A PowerPoint slide of a potential settlement offer was left on the screen at the end of a closed city council session Wednesday evening reportedly offering $36.7 million.

On Thursday, O’Brien would not comment on the specific value or the details of the offer, saying only that the city was still negotiating.

“That’s the businesslike, the honest, and the long-term way of dealing with problems,” he said.

The cancellation of the plan was one of the first acts of the new council. This prompted a group led by Siemens Canada to sue the city for over $200 million combined.

“We hope to settle negotiations soon,” said Bay Ward Coun. Alex Cullen. “I think it’s in the interest of both parties to settle.”

 
 
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