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Dave Olson, Published November 26 2012

City of Fargo approves $37,500 to settle civil lawsuit

FARGO – The Fargo City Commission on Monday approved a settlement agreement that will put to rest a civil suit brought against the city.

Under the agreement, the city will pay $37,500 to Cheryl Plante, who filed the suit in Cass County District Court.

Plante alleged in her complaint that in June 2008 she was seriously injured on a Fargo street and that the city was negligent in how it maintained the road.

The suit, which did not detail Plante’s injuries or how they occurred, sought more than $50,000.

Nancy Morris, an attorney representing the city, said Monday that the case involved potholes in an alley and she said the agreement was reflective of both the city’s and Plante’s responsibility in the situation.

Also Monday, commissioners gave staff the go-ahead to offer voluntary flood buyouts to 56 property owners in 2013.

The first round of buyout offers will involve four properties located along the Fourth Street South levee.

The second round of buyout offers will apply to 18 homes, six in the Oakcreek addition, five in Copperfield Court and seven properties along River Drive.

The third round of buyout offers involves extending offers to 17 additional homes along River Drive.

A fourth round of offers will involve 17 homes located on River Drive, Hackberry Drive and Harwood Drive.

The city plans to offer 110 percent of the assessed value of the homes.

Also Monday, the commission approved spending $2.5 million for four hybrid buses built by New Flyer.

The 40-foot-long buses are expected to be put into service by fall of 2013.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555