Alleging a breach of contract, the Washington Wild Things owners (independent; Frontier League) have sued the Trinity Area School District.
The two sides have been in a dispute concerning Trinity’s use of Consol Energy Park. Earlier this year, Trinity had said it was passsing on renewing its contract to host high school baseball games at the facility. In August, it was reported that Trinity was dissatisfied with the terms of a tax abatement included in the agreement, and claimed to be paying $4,600 per game to use the facility, a figure that was denied by Wild Things majority owner Stu Williams.
The split of the two sides is now in the court system, with the parties locked in a dispute concerning the facilities use agreement. More from the Observer-Reporter:
In September, Family Entertainment received Trinity’s real estate tax bills totaling $66,934, which are due by next Thursday.
Family Entertainment, through the lessor for the facility, invoiced Trinity $66,934 in October, but the school district drector of fiscal services replied that Trinity would not be paying its annual rent for 2016 or the pro-rated share of rent through March 2017.
“Despite repeated demands from (Family Entertainment), Trinity without privilege or justification” will be repudiating its obligations, the corporation maintained in the suit.
Family Entertainment claims Trinity is unlawfully refusing to meet its obligation to fulfill the facilities use agreement and that the property could be liened, causing irreparable harm to the corporation in excess of the $66,934 invoice. It asked for a court order requiring Trinity to pay rent due through March 30, 2017, plus interest and court costs.
The lawsuit was filed in Washington County Court on Wednesday. Trinity began using Consol Energy Park for the 2012 high school baseball season, the first in a five-year agreement.
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