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Published April 13, 2011, 11:25 AM

Future of oxbow discussed at closed door meeting

Oxbow, ND (WDAY TV) - In a closed door meeting tonight, the Mayor of Oxbow is fighting for the future of the small town. The meeting involved mayors from Fargo and Moorhead, watershed employees, city and county engineers.

The closed meeting lasted about an hour and a half. Oxbow's Mayor told us homeowners want to be reassured, they won't be left to sink if a diversion doesn't include them.

The proposed diversion could add 8-feet of water to the Oxbow area, buy-outs to all homes would likely happen. The mayor says since a diversion wouldn't be completed for another 15 to 20 years, there is not one homeowner in a rush to leave.

They're looking for some sort of guarantee that'd keep all homeowners in Oxbow, until a diversion is completed, and at that point appropriately compensated.

JIM NYHOFF - Oxbow Mayor: “Treated fair, I'm not saying I need a formula for a magic number. I don't need to know what the check is going to be. I just need to tell the people of Oxbow how they're going to be treated if the diversion does not include Oxbow.”

Mayor Walaker says the diversion itself remains up in the air, so little was accomplished at the meeting. Letters of approval were sent earlier this week, approving a diversion that does not include Oxbow, but city leaders said they'd fight to include Oxbow and Hickson during the design phase of the proposed project.