Illegal Dumping
4:33 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Partial settlement approved, remainder of lawsuit in question

GREENVILLE - Hunt County officials have agreed to a partial settlement in a year-long legal dispute over allegations of illegal dumping.

Upon the advice of County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray, commissioners voted in favor of a judgment in the amount of $1,200, to be paid by A&R Demolition of Del Valle.

“The other side made an offer of $400 a day for the three days of violation,” Ray said. “They’re also agreeing to pay the attorney’s fees and costs, which I think the Attorney General’s office has about $3,000 in attorney’s fees.”

Ray says final approval of the agreement could take between 60-90 days.

A&R Demolition Inc. is said to have illegally disposed of debris from the former West Halls dormitory at two separate areas in rural Hunt County. West Halls were being demolished to make way for a new residence hall in the southwest area of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus. The Austin-area based demolition firm filed a general denial of the lawsuit in September.

Following Tuesday’s ruling, the remainder of the lawsuit remains in question.

“This settlement is coming from the people who actually made the decisions [to dump the debris]. The other people were the truckers that they told to go do this. For the most part, as far as we can tell they didn’t know that they were breaking the law. The culpability here is from the company and from the owner. And that’s who this settlement is from,” Ray said.

It’ll be the decision of Hunt County commissioners on whether to continue with the remainder of the suit once all the paperwork on the current settlement is completed.

A&R Demolition was responsible for bringing down Texas Stadium in 2010 and Reunion Arena in Dallas in 2009.