A day of mediation has been set in an attempt to settle a dispute between the City of Delta and Stantec, the firm that designed the alternate truck route. The city alleges that design flaws caused construction costs to escalate and is seeking damages through a civil complaint.
A mediation agreement with Gene Commander was approved by the Delta City Council earlier this month. Commander is an attorney from Aurora who specializes in mediation and arbitration for business and construction disputes.
In February, District Court Judge Steven Schultz approved an extended period of mediation through June 1, but set a series of court dates that will allow a trial to take place if mediation is not successful.
Commander's hourly rate of $395 will be split equally between the two parties.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.