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Fargo Weighs in on Toll Bridge Debate

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The city of Fargo weighed in today in the debate over ownership of the toll bridge that connects Fargo and Moorhead.

A 25-year-old contract between Fargo-Moorhead and the bridge company ends this summer. That's when the cities can choose to buy out the bridge or wait another five years to get it for free.

Last week, Moorhead City Council voted to negotiate a buyout price. But Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says he's not convinced it's worth the bill.

Tonight, council members heard from the bridge company president, Clifford "Kip" Moore, who says he's willing to work with them, but they're going to accrue some debt.

"I don't personally care which way they do it but it gets frustrating when we put all this effort into giving them a free bridge and now they get argumentative about it," Moore said of Moorhead council members' actions last week.

"I want a fair accounting of what's owed, I want a bridge inspection if there's anything that needs to be changed, I want an actual cost of this negotiation," Walaker said, before agreeing to make any actions on the buy-out.

If no action by either city is taken by June 1, the Bridge Co. will automatically have five more years to pay off their debt.

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