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Published: Tuesday, 8/17/2004

Law firm bills Sylvania for Lathrop work

A law firm for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo has sent a letter to the city of Sylvania requesting payment of nearly $110,000 in legal fees for work it did challenging the city s attempt to ap propriate the historic Lathrop House and its surrounding property.

Mayor Craig Stough said at last night s City Council meeting he doesn t contest that the city is liable for legal fees, but he wants the billing to be reviewed first by the judge who handled the eminent-domain case initiated by the city.

The city dropped the action, assigned to Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Bowman, after voters in November rejected the city s action.

The diocese bought the property for a projected expansion of St. Joseph Parish across Main Street from the church. After a dispute lasting nearly three years, the house, said to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad used by runaway slaves, was moved to a city park on land adjoining its original location.

The payment request is from Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick for fees from March, 2003, through March of this year.

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