- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - Clallam County Commissioners have approved $518,000 in emergency money to settle a public-records lawsuit.

The Peninsula Daily News says the money approved by a 2-1 vote Tuesday will be used to settle claims filed by Scott and Elizabeth Lange.

The couple has been in a dispute over land-use permits issued to their neighbors. They sued in 2014 for access to county records

Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols said last week that county officials discovered the sought-after records in county courthouse basement earlier this year. The county then entered into settlement talks with the couple.

Under the proposed settlement, the county will buy two of the Langes’ shoreline lots and their neighbors’ property on Clallam Bay to be used as a public park.

Commissioners Bill Peach and Mark Ozias say the settlement will protect taxpayers from further liability.

Some criticized the move, citing a lack of transparency and public process.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, https://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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