Saturday, July 7, 2012

Suburbs Take Steps to Join School-Merger Suit

Posted By on Sat, Jul 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

It remains to be seen how U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays intends to proceed with the latest developments regarding city/county merger litigation.

He has scheduled a status conference on Monday regarding the third-party complaint filed by eight members of the Shelby County Commission on behalf of the Commission. On Thursday Mays ruled “proper” and “timely” that filing, which seeks to block the suburban referenda on municipal school districts scheduled for August 2.

But now Mays will also be called upon to rule on efforts by the six affected municipalities to become parties to the ongoing and overlapping litigation, which began in early 2011.

Beginning with a Friday afternoon meeting of the Collierville mayor and aldermen, the suburban city government one by one acted to associate themselves with the merger cases .

Here is now it went down in Germantown later Friday. In a public meeting held in the City Hall meeting chamber following an executive session,, Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy and her Board of Aldermen formally voted to become litigating parties.

The ball, as they say, is now in Judge Mays’ court.

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