County Lawsuit Recovers $1.25M of Taxpayer Money

The Board of Commissioners for St. Mary's County announced today that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Richter Cornbrooks, Gribble, Inc (RCG) and Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates, Inc. (BKM) to settle litigation between the three parties. The settlement entered into on June 13, 2006, recovers $1.25 million of taxpayer money.

"We are pleased to have this issue behind us as we move forward in the recovery of funds used to improve one of our premier higher education centers in the County," said Thomas F. McKay, President, St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners. "The citizens deserve to have their money used for construction and improvement of quality facilities and for quality services that they can realize and enjoy."

In May 2002, the Board of County Commissioners entered into a lawsuit claiming numerous HVAC and storm water issues in Building A and Building B on the Leonardtown Campus. The case was filed in the Circuit Court for St. Mary's County and assigned Case No. CA02-546. A judgement in favor of the County Government was made on or around March 16, 2006. A hearing was scheduled for June 6, 2006 to discuss the award of financial damages. Due to the out-of-court settlement that was just reached, documents have been filed with the court indicating all parties' intentions to drop the lawsuit.

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