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New details emerge in Commerce v. Throgmorton

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By Scott Harvey

Commerce – Commerce Mayor Quay Throgmorton has released additional information in his defense of a lawsuit brought against him by the City.

He's now published on his website, www.commercetexas.com, the City's Master Plan adopted by Council in 2002 for the development of future land use. The document also shows a map which includes plans to bring sewer service to the Throgmorton's Rosemound property, which is at the center of the lawsuit.

"The sewer line to our property was a project designed as part of the Master Plan before I ever even contacted the City," the statement reads.

The documents show the sewer line was a Priority 1 project due to ongoing operation and maintenance problems.

The suit against Quay and his wife Paige alleges the two failed to repay the City more than $50,000 in improvements made in 2005 to the Rosemound site. In March, 2006, the Mayor did repay over $34,000 to the City, but a recent investigation has found the remaining costs were never paid.

The Throgmorton's contend that since they made payment in 2006 they paid all sums due to the City.

"We have always maintained that the project was done on a cost share basis. We made payment in 2006 of almost $35,000. On the receipt for that payment, a City Official wrote 'Paid in full'."

The City is claiming they are responsible for the entire project. No court dates have yet been set in the case.