Ferentz, neighbors headed back to court in property dispute
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Talk about a false start.
University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors are headed back to court in their long-running property dispute after a settlement both sides announced in February never came together.
The settlement was publicized hours before a trial over whether Ferentz and his wife would be required to remove or trim trees and other landscaping they erected in an easement.
A judge had previously ruled that the Ferentzes didn't have to join the Saddle Club Road Homeowners Association founded by the other neighbors, or pay its $9,500 assessment for road maintenance.
Lawyers told the court last week that the parties have been unable to reach consensus on "certain material terms" needed to execute the settlement.
Judge Christopher Bruns has ordered all parties to appear for a June 1 hearing in Cedar Rapids. He says he'll decide then whether to reset the case for trial.