Vale and the school district resolve dispute over water line at new middle school

VALE – A long-simmering dispute between the Vale School District and the city of Vale over a water line at the new middle school is over.

Last week, city officials inked an agreement that requires the city to take possession of a water line at the new building while the district will pay for any repairs for the next 10 years.

The water line dispute developed last year during construction of the new Vale Middle School. A district contractor installed the water line for fire protection of the building. District officials said the water line was part of building plans accepted by the city. City officials disagreed and asserted the water line wasn’t approved by the city engineer and the installation wasn’t properly inspected before it was hooked into the city water system.

At one point the city turned . . .