Town of De Beque asking Mesa County to pay its $5,157 in legal fees

The town of De Beque is asking Mesa County to pony up $5,157 for legal fees.

The dollar amount is what the town says it is owed in attorneys fees for defending itself against one of a trio of lawsuits filed against the town by the county. The lawsuit brought by the county contended the town illegally annexed and rezoned land known as the Vaughn property. Mesa County Court Judge David Bottger threw out the county’s challenges earlier this year.

“The court ordered that defendants (De Beque) be awarded their reasonable expenses, including reasonable attorneys fees, incurred in this action,” wrote attorney Ed Sands in a motion, filed Friday, requesting compensation for the town.

On the same day, the town filed papers with the court asking that it reject the county’s request for mediation in another annexation case, known as the Newpark annexation. The county is asking the court to force representatives of De Beque to sit across the table and discuss the annexation before the case is heard in a county courtroom.

“The town believes that court-ordered mediation at this time would simply delay resolution of this case, would be fruitless, would further constitute a waste of taxpayers’ money, delay the orderly growth of the town and cause hardship to the landowner who still does not know if its property was lawfully annexed months ago,” Sands wrote in his motion to the court.

On August 11 the De Beque Town Board of Trustees passed a motion rejecting the county’s request for mediation.


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