County Council, Culture and Heritage Commission OK settlement terms

Posted April 3, 2014 7:05 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

York County Council Thursday approved the terms of an undisclosed settlement between with the Culture and Heritage Foundation.

The settlement agreement is the latest in a nearly yearlong lawsuit by the county against the foundation over a nearly 300-acre tract of donated  land along the Catawba River. The county and the York County Culture and Heritage Commission have both contested the sale of the land to a private developer.

The foundation, along with a signed affidavit from donor Jane Spratt McColl, contend the original gift of 400 acres of property was to be left for the foundation’s sole discretion. Proceeds from the land sale to Crescent Resources would bolster the foundation’s finances; a portion of the remaining tract would be reserved for a future new Museum of York County.

Details of the settlement have not been released and York County Council released the following statement Thursday night:

The County, the Commission, and the Foundation have all approved the business terms of a settlement that will end the litigation. The parties are working on the final settlement agreement, and there are still some minor details to be ironed out. Pursuant to South Carolina alternative dispute resolution rules and the terms of the mediation agreement between the parties, settlement discussions are confidential until finalized. Once the settlement agreement is complete and executed, the parties will make copies of it public in a joint statement.

Last summer, York County Councilman William “Bump” Roddey estimated the legal fees associated with the county’s lawsuit could cost up to $250,000. Thursday night, Roddey confirmed the lawsuit has cost taxpayers $150,000.

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PREVIOUS COVERAGE: McColl files affidavit supporting Museum Foundation’s plans for property

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