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Solution to Vale school water line dispute remains elusive

VALE – A resolution to a simmering dispute between the city and the Vale School District over a water line loop at the new middle school remains elusive after city leaders tabled a decision on the matter. During its regular session last week the Vale City Council decided to review the issue again at its Jan. 22 meeting.

The council move came in the wake of an offer by the school district. The district urged the city to accept an earlier recommendation by the Vale Public Works Committee where the city acquired control of the line but the district maintained it for 10 years. 

“We asked they either consider accepting that offer or go into mediation with the district,” said Alisha McBride, Vale school district superintendent. 

The public works recommendation, made in October, was rejected by the city council. Instead . . .