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Trumpeter lawsuit may play out in mediation

In a stipulation filed last week, attorneys for Pierce County and Trumpeter Development agreed to defer further court action while the parties pursue mediation.

The sides agreed they would "use their best efforts to conduct and complete mediation by June 30, 2007."

A telephone status conference is set for July 9 with Trempealeau County Judge John Damon.

Trumpeter is asking for over $4 million in damages in the case involving a 700-acre residential development near Prescott.

The Pierce County Land Management Committee approved certified survey maps for 84 lots. Then, in the late 1990s, the committee refused to approve maps for 41 more lots, attempting to convince Trumpeter to dedicate 70 acres for a public park in the Mississippi/Big River area.

Trumpeter had been placing money in the county's park fund rather than setting aside parkland and wanted to continue doing that.

The courts eventually ruled the county couldn't force Trumpeter to turn over parkland.

In this lawsuit, filed in September 2002, Trumpeter is asking for income it allegedly lost during the time it was prevented from marketing its lots and for punitive damages.

Pierce County's attorney Robert Horowitz is arguing the county didn't violate Trumpeter's constitutional rights and the development company didn't lose money because the value of the land increased "during the time of the alleged taking."