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Vale city and school district officials tussle over new middle school water line

VALE – Water to Vale’s new middle school remains shut off as city and school district officials argue over whether the line was installed legally.

In a special meeting Monday night, the Vale City Council pulled back earlier demands outlined in a letter sent last week that school officials correct the situation. Instead, councilors plan to meet Wednesday with the city public works committee for a more complete briefing on the matter. They took that step despite Mayor Mike McLaughlin’s effort to fashion a compromise.

The matter has become a war of letters. Katy Lamb, Vale city manager, outlined the city’s concerns in writing last week. Alisha McBride, Vale School District superintendent, shot back in a letter on Monday with her own accounting of the construction kerfuffle.

At issue is a water line loop installed around the middle school . . .