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.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.