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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, neighbors settle road dispute

Attorneys for Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors say they've settled a dispute over a private road. Trial had been scheduled to start Tuesday in the dispute that pitted Iowa's highest-paid public employee and his wife against the three other families who live on Saddle Club Road outside Iowa City. Both sides say they're pleased to settle the case. The case involved the cost of road maintenance and allegations that the Ferentzes' trees, fencing and landscaping were encroachments.
By The News · 06 of February 2018 17:58:25
FILE - In a Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, University of Iowa NCAA college football head coach Kirk Ferentz speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Attorneys for Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors say they've settled a dispute over a private road and the coach's refusal to join a homeowner's association. A trial was scheduled to start Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in the dispute that pitted Iowa's highest-paid public employee and his wife against the three other families who live on Saddle Club Road outside Iowa City. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig), No available, FILE - In a Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, University of Iowa NCAA college football head coach Kirk Ferentz speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Attorneys for Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors say they've settled a dispute over a private road and the coach's refusal to join a homeowner's association. A trial was scheduled to start Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in the dispute that pitted Iowa's highest-paid public employee and his wife against the three other families who live on Saddle Club Road outside Iowa City. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors say they’ve settled a dispute over a private road.

A trial was scheduled to start Tuesday in the dispute that pitted the nation’s longest-tenured college football coach and his wife against the other families who live on Saddle Club Road outside Iowa City.

Neighbors sued after the Ferentzes refused to join a homeowners’ association and ignored a $9,500 assessment for road repairs. Neighbors say the couple trespassed by erecting privacy fencing and landscaping in the shared easement and roadway.

Homeowners’ association attorney says his clients “look forward to working with the Ferentzes instead of against them.” The Ferentzes’ attorney says “the neighbors will all be glad to resolve this matter without a trial.”

Ferentz is Iowa’s highest-paid public employee. He’s expected to earn $5.2 million this year.