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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "South Bend settles environmental claims related to former Studebaker, Oliver sites" Settlement is secret

Erin Blasko reports today in the SB Tribune:

The Redevelopment Commission on Thursday approved the final settlement agreement related to the former Studebaker and Oliver Plow Works properties southwest of downtown, capping more than 10 years of work by the city's legal department and its environmental attorneys.

Under the terms of the agreement, Continental Casualty Company and The Continental Insurance Company will pay the Redevelopment Commission an undisclosed amount of money to settle environmental claims related the former Oliver property, now the Oliver Industrial Park.

As with previous settlements, the terms of the agreement, including the dollar amount, are confidential.

That said, the legal department intends to issue a final report on all of the settlements, including the total dollar amount, at the Redevelopment Commission's meeting on July 25.

Asked about that amount Thursday, Senior Redevelopment Specialist Ann Kolata, who along with the city's environmental attorneys, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, has been working to resolve the numerous environmental claims related to the two properties since 1999, said, “It's several million dollars in total.”

ILB: So is the settlement agreement and amount secret, or secret until July 25? Further in the story:
In total, between seven and nine settlements have been reached with various parties over the years, Kolata said. That includes a settlement with Cooper Industries LLC, the successor to the Studebaker Corp., that was reached in March.
So were these "between seven and nine" settlement agreements secret too?

For background see the following ILB entries:

Does it make a difference that in all the above, the settlement was paid by the governmental entity? See also the last two paragraphs of this Nov. 11, 2005 ILB entry.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 30, 2013 07:26 PM
Posted to Indiana Government