County’s Stuff suit dismissed

Published 9:57 am Thursday, July 18, 2019

A judge dismissed Clark County’s lawsuit against Stuff Recycling, seeking reimbursement for expenses from last summer’s fire at the property.

Clark County filed the suit in June to ask a judge to prioritize its lien on the property, to reimburse the county and 15 other fire departments for expenses from the June 2018 blaze.

Tuesday in Clark Circuit Court, Judge Brandy Oliver Brown granted Stuff’s motion to dismiss the case after none of the other attorneys appeared in court.

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Clark County Attorney William Elkins said Tuesday he and the other attorneys were not notified of the hearing. Elkins said he spoke with Stuff’s attorney as well.

“We’re in agreement now that something has gone wrong,” Elkins said.

Elkins said there will be another hearing scheduled. None had been scheduled as of Wednesday afternoon.

Elkins said previously the county has a lien on the property for about $86,000. If the county can collect, it would be able to reimburse the county fire department and the 15 departments from surrounding counties who assisted.

Elkins said not all of the fire departments chose to take part in the case.

The fire began June 9, 2018, in a pile of recyclable material on the property which spread beyond the employees’ control. Firefighters were on the scene for three days battling the blaze. Nearly three dozen agencies, including state officials and fire departments from several neighboring counties, assisted.

The City of Winchester has also filed a suit against Stuff seeking nearly $54,000 for its expenses at the fire scene, citing a joint ordinance for hazardous duty responses.

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