A case management conference is set for Dec. 14 in a Madison County suit brought by the City of Alton against boat owners Layne and Leslee Gibson.

The city sued the couple in April claiming they failed to properly maintain their boat to prevent corrosion from forming on its wiring, and that the bad wiring started a fire at the Alton Marina in January 2009.

The Gibsons, who have denied the claims, have also asked Circuit Judge Ann Callis to order the city to answer their interrogatories and requests for production in the property damage lawsuit.

The city is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages and other relief.

James McTighe represents Alton.

Daniel L. Bradley represents the defendants.

The case is Madison case number 11-L-351.

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