By Matt Montgomery
Local developers Cindy Boevers and Reta Strubhar have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against the City of Piedmont, three councilmen and two planning commissioners. The defendants named in the lawsuit are the City of Piedmont, Piedmont city councilmen Donnie Robinson, Al Gleichmann and Charles Coffman, and Piedmont planning commissioners Ron Cardwell and Eric Berger.
In the complaint filed last Friday, Strubhar and Boevers (“Developers”) allege they have suffered damages resulting from the Piedmont city council not voting on an agenda item to approve a preliminary plat for “Magnolia Meadows,” a property owned by “Developers.”
“As a further consequence of Defendants’ failure to perform their clear, legal duty to approve Developers’ plats, Developers have and continue to suffer damages for impairment of contracts, unavoidable expenses, delays and other damages which may also be recovered in this action,” the complaint reads.
Also, the Developers’ right to have their plats approved is a “property of interest within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
According to the complaint, the councilmen’s conduct and failure of Piedmont to adequately address such misconduct constitutes a deprivation of Plaintiffs’ property without substantive due process.
For the complete story, see the Thursday edition of the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.