Carroll resident and former City Council member Dr. Richard Collison urges a committee not to award a grant to his town.
Carroll resident and former City Council member Dr. Richard Collison urges a committee not to award a grant to his town.

August 17, 2018

The City of Carroll has retained Des Moines law firm Ahlers & Cooney to represent it in a lawsuit filed against the city by Carroll resident Dr. Richard Collison.

Carroll’s six City Council members voted unanimously to hire the law firm after holding a closed session during a special council meeting on the matter Wednesday evening.

Collison, one of the most outspoken detractors of a planned project to update the Carroll Public Library and City Hall, filed the lawsuit last week, seeking an injunction that would prevent the city from starting the library project until several conditions are met, including a guarantee that no more than $6.8 million will be spent on the project and that any overages will not be paid for with public money.

It’s unclear how much the city will spend while responding to the lawsuit.

Carroll has worked with Ahlers & Cooney for more than a decade. The firm has been the city’s long-term bond counsel and recently was hired to cover the city’s labor relations as well.

It’s unclear whether a judge will issue the injunction Collison seeks. Details about if or how long the project might be delayed because of the lawsuit are not currently available.