Judge Michael Mallon signed an order to dismiss the case after the settlement was reached.
The case had been scheduled for a trial on July 10.
At a June 22 hearing, Mallon
issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the county board from entering into a contract with Ringland Johnson for renovations to the courthouse.
County officials had planned to sign the contract that morning.
The lawsuit asked the court to award the general contract for the project to EVS
, the lowest bidder, reversing the county board's 16-8 decision June 16 to hire Ringland Johnson, the second lowest bidder.
The vote went against the recommendation of the Long Range Planning Committee
, which favored EVS Construction
The two bids were less than $100,000 apart.
EVS Construction's bid was $5,427,600 while Ringland Johnson's estimate was $5,505,967.
Because the bids on the project are good only until July 11, a hearing on the lawsuit had been set for July 10, and county officials had expected Mallon
to make a ruling then.
But Roe said that the judge's decision under those circumstances might not have ended the dispute.
"If it went to trial on the 10th, any decision could have been appealed," he
The total cost of the courthouse project is estimated at $7.5 million.
The courthouse was built in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.