County, Moyes want landowners to pay court costs

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SUBLETTE COUNTY – Not so fast!

An attorney for a group of landowners asked the presiding judge to voluntarily dismiss their civil case against developers Jason and Melinda Moyes and Sublette County commissioners, which the judge did, ordering each party to pay its own costs.

The landowners were challenging commissioners’ 3-2 planning and zoning decision that the Moyes’ proposed women’s treatment center, Sanctuary Lodge, will be a “public facility.”

Presiding 3rd District Court Judge Richard Lavery, in Green River, signed the Hoback Rim landowners’ request on Feb. 7, and it was filed in 9th District Court on Feb. 17. He ordered May 30 oral arguments and any other pending matters were “moot.

Sublette County Attorney Clayton Melinkovich represents commissioners, whose majority approved the planning and zoning decision. On Feb. 9, he filed a cross-motion seeking a hearing about court costs.

On Feb. 15, Melinkovich filed a motion asking Judge Lavery to reconsider the allocation, saying the county had until Feb. 20 to respond to the landowners’ motion. The county wants the complaining parties to pay $2,360.13 for transcription costs.

Moyes’ attorney Chris Hawkes of Jackson, who defended their Sanctuary Lodge challenge, also asked Judge Lavery to amend his decision.