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County, Bay Aging settle with Brookses in lawsuit

A longstanding dispute between the Mathews County Board of Supervisors and county residents Wade and Susan Brooks was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Five years after the Brookses sued the county to try to recover their losses from a failed FEMA home elevation project, the board voted to pay the couple $95,000. The Brookses agreed to that amount during recent arbitration negotiations.

During those same negotiations, Bay Aging, which served as the agent for the FEMA project, agreed to pay the couple an additional $45,000, according to the settlement agreement. The agency was named as a party to the lawsuit in January by Mathews Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Shaw. The county filed a complaint last year charging that Bay Aging was culpable because the county had relied on the agency’s false claims of experience with such projects.

Both the county and Bay Aging continue to deny any liability for the allegations, states the settlement, and they entered into the agreement to resolve the issu...

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