This is a fast changing world. Over last weekend, I was only worried about the upcoming fight with developers and the Bayside development. Wednesday morning, I read two lawsuits filed against the City of Rowlett. The two lawsuits seem to name everyone among Rowlett "officialdom" as lawbreakers, except the janitorial crew, and six of the seven members of City Council. I can't seem to go twenty minutes without someone emailing or calling me about recent events. Of course, it has now hit the Dallas Morning News front page. Between Bayside and lawsuits, there isn't much room for any other news in the DMN.
I'm sure everybody has an opinion of some sort. It's kinda hard not to. However, I think it's safe to say that not all lawsuits end in favor of the plaintiff. Absolutely nothing has yet been proven, and personal slants of events may need some adjustment.
Another thing I think it's safe to say is that by combining Bayside and two lawsuits, Rowlett had better start looking for an emergency "stash" to pay for attorneys.
I think Bayside can be resolved by arbitration, provided the arbitrator is knowledgeable of land and commercial development. An absolute mistake would be to get an arbitrator that is the most knowledgeable sheet metal fabricator or tool and die maker worker in the world.........also, the best lawyer in the world. If we don't get a real estate knowledgeable arbitrator, experienced in costs, construction, and market analysis, you can just add cost (money to taxpayer) to the "fix." I figure a good fee building lawyer should add a few years to the "fix." A lawyer is to advise clients of legal issues, not negotiate the business deal. That means, we need someone to negotiate the business deal.
As far as the lawsuits, let's wait for the jury to be selected before we start frothing at the mouth. I have a little teeny tiny bit of an opinion that didn't make the papers.