John Stern has lived in Fargo all his life, buying a dream home on the Red River more than 25 years ago. The city is offering to pay him for the 1,800-square-foot Frank Lloyd Wright family home if he wants to move off the flood plain. But Stern said he’s not going anywhere.
The March 26 firing of Fargo Public Works Director Al Weigel for awarding his business partners what examiners said was essentially a no-bid contract has prompted some critics to take aim at his boss, City Administrator Pat Zavoral, whose brothers’ construction company built dikes in Fargo during the 2009 flood.
Fargo Public Works Director Al Weigel ignored city policy and bought more than $100,000 worth of equipment from a company in which he may have a personal financial stake, his supervisor wrote in a letter placing him on leave as the city looks into allegations against him.
Project managers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in no uncertain terms Thursday that Fargo-Moorhead’s best shot at getting federal funds for a Red River diversion channel is to choose a Minnesota diversion. Comments from members of the Metro Flood Study Work Group indicate local officials got the message.
Documents filed in U.S. District Court show that 13,900 people filed valid claims within the prescribed time period to be reimbursed under a class-action lawsuit filed by Stephanie Sauby of West Fargo and James Burns of Fargo.
, November 21, 2009
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