Kelly Holleran Jan. 5, 2015, 10:04am

The Collinsville Area Recreation District alleges the city of Collinsville deprived it of use of land when it built a water facility on a portion of property the city had leased to the district.

The Collinsville Area Recreation District filed a lawsuit Dec. 18 in Madison County Circuit Court against the City of Collinsville.

In its complaint, the recreation district alleges it entered into a lease with the city in 1991 in which the city agreed to lease a portion of land near state Route 157 and St. Louis Road in Collinsville. Since then, the city decided to build a water treatment plant in violation of the contract, according to the complaint.

"The lease only allows the defendant to retake 'the part of the sports complex tract designated as the water plant tract,'" the suit states. However, the city built the plant on a different portion of land, thus depriving the plaintiffs of their use of the land, the complaint says.

The Collinsville Area Recreation District seeks a judgment of more then $100,000, plus other relief the court deems just. It also seeks a preliminary injunction prohibiting the city from trespassing on the land leased to the district.

Attorney Paul J. Evans of Evans Law Firm in O'Fallon will represent the recreation district.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-1729.

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