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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, neighbors settle road dispute

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz watches from the sideline during an NCAA college football game in Iowa City, Iowa. Ferentz is facing a challenge in the off-season from his Iowa neighbors. After years of disagreements, trial is scheduled in February in a lawsuit that pits Ferentz and his wife against the three other families who live along a private road outside Iowa City. A judge is expected to hear testimony and decide whether the Ferentzes have breached a 2001 legal agreement and trespassed by planting trees that protrude onto Saddle Club Road. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Attorneys for Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors say they've settled a dispute over a private road and the coach's refusal to join a homeowner's association.

A trial was scheduled to start Tuesday in the dispute that pitted Iowa's highest-paid public employee and his wife against the three other families who live on Saddle Club Road outside Iowa City.

Neighbors filed a lawsuit after the Ferentzes refused to join a homeowners' association and ignored a $9,500 assessment for road repairs. Neighbors say the Ferentzes trespassed by erecting privacy fencing and landscaping in the shared easement and roadway.

Homeowners' association attorney Adam Tarr says his clients "look forward to working with the Ferentzes instead of against them."

The Ferentzes' attorney, Mark Roberts, says, "the neighbors will all be glad to resolve this matter without a trial."

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