Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Files to Drop Trail Ridge Suit; A Lawsuit Filed by Concerned Taxpayers Has No Merit, It Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Files to Drop Trail Ridge Suit; A Lawsuit Filed by Concerned Taxpayers Has No Merit, It Says

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Byline: TIA MITCHELL

Jacksonville has filed a motion to dismiss one of two pending lawsuits stemming from the Trail Ridge landfill debate.

No hearing date has been set for the lawsuit filed by Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County alleging that Mayor John Peyton's efforts to allow Waste Management to continue operating the landfill were illegal.

In April, days after the suit was filed, the City Council voted to withdraw the mayor's proposal, worth an estimated $750 million over 35 years.

The city's motion to dismiss says the issue is now moot and the suit has no merit. The motion also questions the legal standing of the taxpayers' group and 12 named individuals as plaintiffs. Peyton, former Council President Ronnie Fussell and the City Council are listed as defendants.

Tony Bates, one of the plaintiffs, said the suit is about more than just the Trail Ridge issue and the group still wants the courts to decide whether the City Council can legally waive procurement rules the way it was asked to do under this issue. …

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