The village of Chatham is in “wait and see” mode after the city of Springfield announced it’s moving forward with a lawsuit.
The dispute stems from a breach in a water contract between Chatham and Springfield’s City Water Light and Power. Chatham put its own water plant online last May, running afoul on a contract with CWLP.
On Tuesday night, the Chatham Village Board met for a regularly scheduled meeting. That meeting contained an hour-long executive session regarding the lawsuit and possible litigation. Following the meeting, all questions regarding the lawsuit were directed to the village’s legal counsel, John Myers.
Myers said that the two sides appear to be very far apart in what would be a reasonable settlement.
“95 percent of cases get settled and we would hope there would be a way through to settle the matter,” he says. “But if there isn’t then we will go to trial.”
Myers said the next step is to wait until the lawsuit is received, then take it from there.