A day of mediation has been set in an attempt to settle a dispute between the City of Delta and Stantec, the firm that designed the alternate truck route. The city alleges that design flaws caused construction costs to escalate and is seeking damages through a civil complaint.
A mediation agreement with Gene Commander was approved by the Delta City Council earlier this month. Commander is an attorney from Aurora who specializes in mediation and arbitration for business and construction disputes.
In February, District Court Judge Steven Schultz approved an extended period of mediation through June 1, but set a series of court dates that will allow a trial to take place if mediation is not successful.
Commander's hourly rate of $395 will be split equally between the two parties.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.