Convention Center Lawsuit Decision Expected Tuesday

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Bowling Green's City Commission and Convention Center Board will each meet Tuesday, and a decision on a possible lawsuit to recover $745,000 in taxpayer money is expected.

An independent investigation conducted by Louisville attorney Gregg Hovious and released in March alleges that former Convention Center board member Steve Catron is responsible for the funds through over billing and misspending of public money.

The commission has attempted settlement negotiations with Catron, who is believed to be in poor health, but have been unsuccessful.

The statute of limitations for legal action in the case is set to expire at the end of this week, and commissioners say their patience has grown thin.

Commissioner Jim Bullington, who has spearheaded previous investigative efforts, says his legal advisers have told him to cast a wider net and seek even more potential misspent money.

"What they said is to file suit against everyone. Let the court decide who is responsible and for how much," Bullington said.

Senior city officials have expressed doubts as to whether or not Catron, whose attorney could not be reached for comment, would have funds available to refund the money if mandated by a settlement or lawsuit verdict.

A search of public records by WBKO found Catron and his wife own a house valued at $650,000. Catron's wife Deborah owns four pieces of property deeded in her name that are valued at $439,000 total.

The executive director of the Kentucky Bar Association told WBKO he cannot confirm or deny whether or not the KBA has launched an investigation into the case. Catron is the immediate past president of the KBA, and is a member of the KBA's board of governors.