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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • County Settles in Human Services Case

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  • During their board meeting Tuesday morning, the Watonwan County Commissioners voted unanimously to accept a $400,000 settlement obtained during mediation and release all defendants from further action; this settlement ends the saga over the construction of the Human Services building that resulted in the staff of that department spending a year working in Marian Hall while their building was repaired.
    The building was completed in 2002, but the roof leaked from the start, and the roof started to flex in the winter of 2010-2011, according to County Auditor Don Kuhlman. An engineer soon advised the county that the roof was “in danger of collapse, if corrective action is not taken soon,” so the staff was moved out and renovations commenced.
    The county sued those who worked on the original building, Wilcon Construction, Inc., NCI Group, Inc., and I&S Group, Inc., and the episode finally concluded with this settlement.
    For the complete story, including what the board did during the rest of Tuesday's meeting, please see tomorrow's print edition of the St. James Plaindealer. 
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