Supreme Court denies request to hear case
After 15 months, much debate and filings in three courts, the civil case regarding the city of Forest Lake’s financing for its new public safety and city hall facility has closed. Construction of the Forest Lake City Center will finish this fall without strings attached, as the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition to hear the case.
Petitioners Cameron Piper, Cassandra Piper, William Anderson and the Lakes Area Business Association in February requested a Supreme Court review following a Jan. 27 Court of Appeals decision in favor of the city of Forest Lake and the Forest Lake Economic Development Authority.
The lawsuit began in January 2013. The plaintiffs contended that state statute required the city to use capital improvement bonds rather than lease revenue bonds for the project. Issuance of capital improvement bonds is subject to public approval via a reverse referendum.
In March 2013 10th Judicial District Court Judge John C. Hoffman granted summary judgement in favor of the defendants, ruling the bonding mechanism used was legal and that no referendum was required. The plaintiffs filed an appeal last April.