City to settle Spatz lawsuit

The Conway City Council will discuss offering the Spatz family $60,000 to settle its lawsuit against the city during a special called meeting at noon Friday at City Hall.


The meeting is open to the public and the proposed resolution is the sole agenda item.

After the city opened a new municipal airport in 2014 near the residence of Daniel Spatz and his family, Spatz filed a lawsuit “originally asserting the overlay district surrounding the airport required by the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] restricted the use of their property,” according to the proposed resolution.

Later, Spatz amended the suit “to claim their property values had been negatively affected due to the proximity to the airport,” the resolution reads.

In spite of the city’s “good faith belief the City did not cause the diminution in value to the Spatz’s property … [it] acknowledges the value in amenably settling litigation so to avoid further expenditure of resources.”

If the resolution is approved, the $60,000 will be paid from the Conway Municipal Airport 2017 fund.



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