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It certainly sounds like you have a strong case to proceed to attempt to compel the city to recognize your suits as valid.
The best approach you can take in a situation like this is to retain an experienced municipal lawyer who knows how to deal the city. If necessary you can proceed to court but it is hopeful that with a lawyer of experience you will be able to scare the city into complying without you having to go that route.
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