Area Briefs

2023 EMPTY PESTICIDE CONTAINER

COLLECTION

Empty agricultural pesticide containers will be collected at the Clay County Landfill August 28th through September 1st.

Containers must be triple rinsed and labels must be removed.

Containers up to 55 gallons will be taken at no charge.

55 gallons and larger containers will be taken for a fee of $10 each.

August 28 – September 1

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Clay County Landfill, 3301 190th St S, Hawley

AMES CONSTRUCTION INVOLVED IN MEDIATION WITH CITY

MOORHEAD – Representatives of the city of Moorhead and Ames Construction were involved in mediation  this week over dueling lawsuits related to the construction of the 20-21st Street/SE Main underpass.

The construction firm, which was general contractor for the $72 million underpass, ran into problems in 2019 when temporary shoring of excavated soils failed. Completion of the complex interchange was delayed for almost a year while alternatives were devised and the area was stabilized. The complex intersection, which enables trains to cross 20th and 21st Streets and Southeast Main on three overhead bridges, ultimately opened to traffic in July 2020.

The construction firm’s suit claims information on the soils was not provided at the time of construction. The city has countersued, essentially arguing that discovery was within the purview of Ames’ responsibilities at the time of the bid, since the company controlled the site.

Ames Construction is currently working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation on the 11th Street underpass.

MOORHEAD AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

MOORHEAD – Moorhead Area Public Schools is pleased to announce that there will be no disruption to the transportation services this fall. Moorhead Area Public Schools’ transportation team continues to think creatively to provide adequate student transportation in light of bus driver shortages across the country. The district has signed a contract with a new transportation vendor, Olander Bus Service, allowing for full capacity for existing routes.

On August 1, the district announced that five high school routes would need to be canceled due to driver shortages. This was scheduled to impact approximately 120 students. The newly negotiated agreement will make previously announced route cancellations unnecessary. 

“We are thrilled to be able to minimize the impact of the continued bus driver shortage on our Moorhead Area Public School students and their families with this partnership. The transportation team continues to monitor the situation and try to provide the best possible service to our families in this difficult staffing environment,” said Steve Moore, Operations and Emergency Management Executive Director. “We recognize that there is continual risk of changes throughout the year, but we believe that this announcement puts us in a stronger position starting the school year.”

Routing information for all families will be available on PowerSchool, the district’s online parent portal on Wednesday, August 16.

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT REVIEWS TO OCCUR IN SELECTED NEIGHBORHOODS

MOORHEAD – The City of Moorhead Assessing Division will be conducting residential property reviews in selected neighborhoods in the coming weeks. Clearly identified City assessors may be walking around, viewing and taking photos of your properties exterior.

Property reviews help the City Assessor determine current and accurate property values as required by the State of Minnesota.  An interior inspection ensures the most accurate valuation.

To schedule an interior inspection, or if you would like to confirm any data regarding the interior of your home in lieu of a physical interior inspection, please call the Assessor’s Office at 218.299.5310. Please also call with any other questions about the assessment process.

Reviews will occur in the following subdivisions:

Tessa Court Addition

Replat of Tessa Terrace 1st Addition

Tessa Terrace 2nd Addition

Tessa Terrace 3rd Addition

MOORHEAD TRAFFIC ALERTS

Starting Monday, August 14 at 8 am, the eastbound lane of 12 Ave S from 16 St S to 20 St S will be closed for private gas utility work.

Traffic should detour using 14 St S, 6 Ave S, and 20 St S.  This work is anticipated to take 3-4 weeks to complete, weather permitting.  

Phase 1 of construction on 2 Ave N from 9 St N to 11 St N is planned to begin on Monday, August 14.

The project will start with removal of pavement, curbs and gutters. The contractor will then begin trenching for sanitary sewer.

The work is expected to last until early October.

Properties within Phase 1 will lose direct access to driveways during this phase. Residents are asked to utilize adjacent street parking outside the designated construction area. During this time, neighborhood residents outside of Phase 1 should minimize street parking during construction hours (7 am-7 pm).

During construction, garbage/recycling pickup in the project area will remain the same day. Residents should place garbage/recycling bins out for pickup in front of homes as normal. The contractor will walk the bins to the nearest pickup location, then return them to each home after pickup. Garbage/recycling bins will be marked with stickers to ensure each property gets the correct bins returned.

A specific notification category (23-A2-04 – 2 Ave N) has been set up to provide email updates on the project on the cities website. Please subscribe or adjust your current notification categories to stay informed about future work on this project.

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