Council agrees to share 5 percent of legal settlement with Missouri Municipal League

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City Administrator Chris Heard, bottom left, speaks to the Lebanon City Council during its Monday night meeting at Lebanon City Hall.

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STEVE SMITH ◆ SSMITH@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon City Council decided Monday night to share 5 percent of a legal settlement with the Missouri Municipal League.

The council approved an ordinance that assigns 5 percent of the city’s share of a class action settlement against Tracfone Wireless with MML.

Councilmembers Esther Hurney and James White voted no.

City Administrator Chris Heard said that as part of the class action agreement, part of the funds are to be given to MML for its legal advocacy fund.

“This is separate from our dues and the services they provide for that,” Heard said. “They intervene in a lot of important cases.”

He said MML deals with a lot of legal issues the city faces and the funds will help with that, as part of the settlement.

“The money’s not coming to us, if we assign it, it will go directly to MML for the advocacy fund,” Heard said. “I think it’s a good cause, they have been very helpful as an organization to us.”

During the council discussion, Mayor Josh Ray said MML had been helpful to him.

“I don’t want to frame it as they’ll be more helpful to us, it will make them more effective if municipalities will give back for the service they are doing for us,” Ray said.

Councilman White explained his opposition to the agreement with MML.

“It may be a good cause, but there’s millions of good causes out there,” White said.

 

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