Sanctions motion on today’s docket

Attorneys for the town of Washington and The Inn at Little Washington, along with attorney David Konick, whose recent suit against the town and Inn was rebuffed last week by Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker, return to Parker’s courtroom in Washington today for a hearing on the respondents’ motion for sanctions against Konick.

The hearing is at 1 p.m.; the docket also includes a hearing on the motion by Inn attorney David Fiske and town attorney Robert Mitchell to nullify Konick’s notice of lis pendens, a legal instrument filed against a property title (in this case, the Inn’s property). It was filed as part of Konick’s suit, which sought the court’s judgement on alleged illegal and improper actions the Inn and town took in 2013 as part of a “Town Square” beautification project).

Parker ruled May 18 that Konick, who is not a resident of Washington, did not have standing to file the suit. Konick has since filed an order for a “non-suit” on another lawsuit he’d filed against the Inn and its owner Patrick O’Connell specifically alleging conflict-of-interest law violations in the Inn’s pursuit of town cooperation with the beautification project.

The town has since redone one part of the actions Konick challenged (the abandonment of the stub end of Middle Street, making it part of the Inn-owned properties that surround it), and action on the other — the $20,000 it appropriated in 2013 toward what the Inn has said is a $200,000 project — is on the agenda for the Washington Town Council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday (June 8).

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