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East Grand Forks agrees to settle pool dispute outside of court

A nearly one-and-a-half-year struggle in East Grand Forks came to an end Tuesday night, after the East Grand Forks City Council agreed to enter a settlement with Fargo construction company TF Powers.

An insurance carrier representing TF Powers will pay the city of East Grand Forks $45,147 for repairs the city had to make to its pool after a costly malfunction in May 2017, when a water recirculation line broke.

The city had hired TF Powers two years earlier to remodel its pool. That remodel, which City Administrator David Murphy said the city is still paying off, cost approximately $2 million.

Cincinnati Insurance will pay the city $45,147, covering $23,243 in construction costs and $21,904 in legal fees, according to a staff memo council members reviewed in a closed session Tuesday night.

Following the breakdown of 2017, the city has faced an additional $182,558 in repairs. Up until Tuesday night, Murphy said city insurance had covered $136,410 on removing the ruptured pool liner, testing the water, repairing the liner, expert reports, concrete repairs, engineering and legal fees. That excludes a $1,000 deductible the city had to pay.

Emily Allen

Allen joined the Grand Forks Herald to cover local government and politics May 2018. Call her at 701-780-1102, email her at eallen@gfherald.com or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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