Another city voices opposition to the diversionHorace, ND (WDAY TV) - There is new opposition to the diversion. The Mayor of Horace wants the project moved farther West so his city can grow. Between concerns from cities, landowners and people downstream, how do area leaders decide who has to sacrifice?
The mayor makes it clear in this letter, sent to the corps and area leaders, that growth can't happen unless the diversion path moves further west.
“You can't build 36 miles of a diversion without somebody giving up something.”
Cass County Commissioner Darrell Vanyo sits on the Metro Flood Study Work Group, since the group put the project in motion; there have been many requests like this from cities, landowners and people downstream. Vanyo says it's impossible to please everyone.
“I can only hope that all of these voices will be heard and that we ultimately end up with something that satisfies most of the people.”
Moorhead City Council member Dan Hunt is another member of the work group. He says it's tough to make these decisions, but it's something that has to be done to grow Fargo-Moorhead and all of the area's economy.
“Somebody is going to be affected, and we're going to try to minimize that. I think that's the attitude of this whole work study group. We don't want to negatively impact people, but we're going to do our best to take care of those impacts.”
“Ultimately, the decision on which path the diversion takes isn't up to members of the flood work group. That's something the Corps of Engineers studies and determine that this is the best soils for it, this is the best location.”
Which means the path of the diversion is not final, and Horace could get its wish to continue expanding. The mayor of Horace declined our request for an interview about the letter and his concerns for the city.