The ongoing legal battle between Macomb Township and the owners of Tavern at Tina's appears to have at last reached its end.
Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs confirmed Monday that Tina's owners, TTCH Development, had completed work on a southbound bypass lane opposite their North Avenue property and deposited a check with the township attorney to cover the court costs accumulated by the township during the ongoing legal dispute per a Macomb County Circuit Court judge's Sept. 25. order.
Judge James Biernat, Jr. gave TTCH until Oct. 15 to build the bypass lane and pay the township $4,500 to cover associated attorney and court costs. Biernat told Tina's owners that if they did not comply with this deadline, they would be closed at 5 p.m. Oct. 15.
Koehs said he was informed by the township attorney that a check from TTCH for $4,500, the court-ordered amount, had been delivered Monday afternoon and that to his knoweldge, the bypass lane had also been completed.
These orders stem from the January 2011 consent judgment signed by TTCH Development and Macomb Township following some three years of legal disputes. Per the consent judgment's original terms, Tina’s owners, sisters Cathy and Mary Jo Imbronone, had until June 1 to build a bypass lane on the west side of North Avenue.
When that deadline passed and the work was not completed, Macomb Township's legal counsel asked the court to hold TTCH Development in contempt of court and costs.
On Aug. 29, Biernat ruled to give TTCH Development until Sept. 24 to complete the work. When that deadline passed and the work was still not completed, the judge ordered TTCH Development to reimburse the township for approximately $4,500 in court costs and attorney fees.
Richard Taubman, attorney for TTCH Development, told Patch in a previous interview that the Imbronone sisters had been unable to get bank support for the bypass project and had to borrow from an individual to cover the cost of the work, completed by Clancy Excavating of Roseville.
Provided the check is approved and the Macomb County Department of Roads finds no issues with the bypass lane, the matter of TTCH Development LLC vs. Macomb Township will be closed.