HUGHSON -- The last of six families to sue the city over a water tank it built near their homes has settled, an attorney representing five of them said Friday afternoon.
The families sued in 2007, saying they didn't know the 35-foot-tall, 750,000-gallon tank would be built at Fox Road and Charles Street until it was under construction in the summer of 2006.
City officials said proper notice and discussion at open meetings took place. Ronald and Sandra Billings were the first to sue, followed by Anselmo and Virginia Parra, Scott and Jeanette Ricardo, Jason and Amie Coley, Robert Gascon and Joanne Walker-Porter.
Attorney Michael C. Normoyle said all the families have settled with the city for a total of nearly $700,000. The city will have to pay the plaintiffs' attorney fees, likely totaling an additional $200,000, Normoyle said.
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Two lawsuits were settled last year; the remaining four in July. The case had been scheduled to go to court last week.