Ferentz, neighbors headed back to court in property dispute

Associated Press
Hawk Central

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.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz brings his team onto the field for their game against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.

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.

This Tuesday, Jan . 9, 2018, photo shows the entrance to Saddle Club Road in Iowa City, Iowa. The surface of the private road and who pays for its maintenance is one of many disputes that has pitted Iowa football head coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife Mary against the three other families who live along it. A trial is scheduled for next month over whether trees and landscaping items installed by the Ferentzes along the road amount to a trespass violation. (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)

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.