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Merlin Koppang, Published October 14 2009

Hey, mayor, get the message yet?

So the mayor of West Fargo doesn’t get it about all the problems at 32nd Avenue South in West Fargo. Let’s see if I can help him.

Mistake No. 1: Putting a box culvert instead of a bridge. The banks of the river are too fragile to do this, and there are three homes on the riverbank on the east side of the river, so the contractor doesn’t have enough room to do his job properly.

Mistake No. 2: Taking out 100 or more trees, 43 of them on my property.

Mistake No. 3: Digging a diversion channel and sending the water right at the bank below my house.

Mistake No. 4: Not having control of all phases of this project.

Mistake No. 5: Hiring an out-of-state contractor who is not familiar with the soil along the Sheyenne.

Do you get it now, mayor?