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M.D. Sweeney letter: Prestigious board missed a big one

I have a hard time believing how naive the prestigious members of the Fargo Library Board have been regarding the "remarkable discovery" that the soil around the existing library is "unstable." It is a well known fact that nearly all the soils in...

I have a hard time believing how naive the prestigious members of the Fargo Library Board have been regarding the "remarkable discovery" that the soil around the existing library is "unstable." It is a well known fact that nearly all the soils in the valley are unstable, especially for buildings.

Most reputable architectural and engineering firms in the area are aware of these conditions as well as city engineering departments. A warning bell should have sounded when someone suggested using the existing foundation and structural columns for a larger building.

Boy, did we ever save tax dollars, or what!

M.D. Sweeney

Emeritus Professor, Soil Science

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