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$2 million in legal fees for Badlands golf course fight on council agenda

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Legal fees proceed to pile up for taxpayers because the City of Las Vegas fights builders over the previous Badlands golf course.

An agenda merchandise for Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting would approve as much as $2 million for legal fees subsequent year. The course closed in 2016 after it was offered to the builders of Tivoli Village in 2015.

The metropolis will take into account “possible action to approve continued funding in an amount not to exceed $2 million in FY23 for Leonard Law, McDonald Carano, and Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger to represent the City of Las Vegas in all matters arising in the Badlands litigation.”

An try to resolve the lawsuits over the golf course in early August fell via simply earlier than the council was scheduled to vote on a $64 million settlement. The dispute over redeveloping the golf course sprouted 4 lawsuits — three by the 180 Land Company, LLC, and one by Fore Stars, Ltd. One of the lawsuits produced a $49 million judgment in opposition to town.

In addition to the $49 million court docket judgment, town would have paid $15 million to build drainage services on the property.

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Victoria Seaman, who led the try to settle the lawsuit, advised 8 News Now on Aug. 2 that the settlement broke down a day earlier than an anticipated vote. Before talks reached an deadlock, Seaman stated, “This council cannot continue to kick the can down the road any longer and put our taxpayers at risk.” The property concerned in the lawsuit is in Seaman’s district, however she took office after the dispute started.

In different motion scheduled to be thought-about at Wednesday’s meeting:

  • The council will talk about whether or not to opt-in for state licensing of hashish lounges underneath the Cannabis Compliance Board. The metropolis would nonetheless management approval after a state license is obtained by an applicant.
  • Allocation of $9.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds — the final of $130.6 million awarded to town. Among the recipients: UNLV Biomedical Research Center ($3 million), Metro 911 back-up ($3 million), Strong Start Initiative, a cell pre-Okay program ($650,000), and a number of other applications that obtained $500,000 or much less.
  • Possible approval for a two-day opening of gaming on the Gold Spike Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard to permit the downtown property to retain its gaming license.
  • Possible zoning variances, together with plans for a strip purchasing heart at Kyle Canyon Road and Shaumber Road that might embody a tavern.
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