Harrisburg City Council member Brad Koplinski has introduced legislation that he said will halt the legal dispute between Mayor Linda Thompson and Controller Dan Miller over the sale of the city's Wild West artifacts, and allow the sale to proceed.

Thompson sued Miller over his refusal to sign the contract for the sale by the Guernsey's auction house.

Miller said the council must approve the contract. State-appointed receiver William Lynch approved the sale, which is part of his recovery plan for the capital city.

Thompson's predecessor, Stephen Reed, spent millions for a Wild West museum in the city that never materialized.

Koplinski estimates that the sale will generate $500,000 for the city.

Koplinski said his legislation confirms that Guernsey's 18% commission will be deducted from gross artifact sales, with the remainder paid to the city.

"There are no funds that will come from the city to pay the auction house - there will only be a net gain to the city of Harrisburg," Koplinski said.

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