Lawyers representing the downtown streetcar district asked an appeals court judge to make Stretch and a River Market businesswoman post a $20 million bond in order to keep fighting the project in court.
Streetcar advocates are nervous that lingering litigation will cramp financing deadlines for the $100 million project. Monday's court filing calls Grinders owner Jeff "Stretch" Rumaner and Sue Ann Burke a couple of "disgruntled taxpayers" - as though the courts are full of litigants who are not disgruntled - standing in the way of a 1 percent sales-tax increase and special assessment that will finance the two-mile streetcar stretching from the River Market to Crown Center.
Mark Bredemeier, an attorney representing Stretch and Burke, tells The Pitch that he plans to "vigorously oppose this motion."
The $20 million bond would cover financing losses incurred by the streetcar's transportation development district due to protracted delays caused by Stretch and Burke's lawsuit, according to Polsinelli lawyers representing the TDD.
Stretch's lawsuit is in the hands of an appeals court in Missouri after a Jackson County judge tossed the original lawsuit because it wasn't filed in time.