HERCULES -- The City Council will hold a special workshop Tuesday to discuss council rules of procedure.

Before the workshop, the council will meet in closed session to discuss the city's pending eminent domain lawsuit against the Bayside Homeowners Association, which seeks an easement to use an alley to finish construction of the half-finished Sycamore North residential-and-retail complex.

Listed as a co-defendant, according to the Contra Costa County Superior Court website, is Bio-Rad Laboratories, an inclusion that is "technical," City Manager Steve Duran explained Friday, based on the company's holding of an outdated sewer easement along the Bayside alleyway. The city and Bio-Rad are engaged in amicable discussions about that easement and several other outdated ones held by the company, Duran said

The open session will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Hercules City Council chamber, 111 Civic Drive.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner



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