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Preston questions timeliness of MnDot invoice


Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

An invoice from MnDot requesting final payment for work related to the 2005 Highway 52 reconstruction project was once again discussed at the May 18 Preston City Council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Preston received a final payment invoice for $76,250.60 in December of 2014 from MnDot. Council members have questioned whether the claim is “barred by the statute of limitations” because it has been more than six years since the project was completed and the contract was accepted. They are suggesting the claim at this late date is no longer reasonable.

Previously, the council asked city administrator Joe Hoffman and city attorney Dwight Luhmann to draft a letter to MnDot expressing this concern.

Hoffman explained that MnDot determined the delay in billing was caused by concerns of the MnDot office of civil rights which upholds fair treatment of underprivileged subcontractors.

Hoffman warned council members that the letter may not improve the city’s relationship with MnDot, adding we may need their cooperation going forward. He said the Preston Utility which would be responsible for 70%, or $53,375.42, of the bill has agreed to send payment if the city sends their 30%, or $22,875.18.

Councilman Robert Maust said a little further discussion doesn’t hurt anything, making a motion to send the letter to MnDot. Councilman David Collett seconded the motion. The council approved the motion. The letter also says the city council will consider “any additional information you (MnDot) could provide that supports the timeliness of the claim.”

Other business in brief

• The 2014 audit was reviewed by Pam Ristau, CPA, at the May 4 meeting. Since the audit material had been made available just prior to that meeting, the council opted to wait until the next meeting to consider accepting the audit. Not all 2014 construction projects were completed by the end of 2014. Hoffman answered, this day, some questions about assets and liabilities concerning the Twenty-14 and North Industrial Park projects. The audit was approved as presented. Maust voted against.

• The city recently received grant proceeds in the amount of $340,810 from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The second payment of $126,294.90 to A-1 Excavating, Inc. for curb work and the first lift of asphalt on Bluff Country Court in the North Industrial .....
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Some Golf Champions

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

It was a week of multiple golf champions. The Fillmore Central girls won the 3-Rivers East Division. They clinched the title by beating second place La Crescent (8-2) 182-197 and then W-K 187-214. Grace Miller (45), Katie Tammel (45), Madison Sch ..... 
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Large crowds enjoy Trout Days

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

People came from near and far to take in all of the action and activities that the 2015 Trout Days celebration in Preston, Minn. had to offer on May 15, 16, & 17. The festivities began early on Friday morning as city wide garage sales took place ..... 
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History Alive! A Tour of Lanesboro with Pop-up Plays May 30-31

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN – Historic stories and characters will come alive on May 30-31, 2015 in Lanesboro, through History Alive! A Tour of Lanesboro with Pop-up Plays. In a downtown rich with historic buildings, three dramatic scenes will portray life in 1 ..... 
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Rhubarb Festival celebrates the most curious and delicous perennial in the garden

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Rhubarb: Minnesota’s funniest fruit? Or is it really a vegetable? On Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lanesboro invites cooks, comedians, runners and everyone with a taste for sweet and tart foods to come celebrate rhubarb at the ann ..... 
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The Working Mom - The art of compromise

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Columnists

When the word compromise is offered, it can sometimes feel like a four-letter word or a substitute for the acronym IDGMW---I Didn’t Get My Way. However, when approached with a light touch and a bit of a conniving nature, compromise can be very ..... 
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Legislative priorities wasted away

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in All Government

A mediocre, disappointing 2015 legislative session ended seconds before midnight Monday, May 18. Over four months ago when the 89th session kicked off members of the Republican controlled House, the DFL controlled Senate, and Governor Mark Dayton al ..... 
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Whalan Stand Still Parade

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

Chris Buchanan and daughter Cecielia, of Minneapolis, Minn., and part-time Whalan residents, enjoyed the food and festivities of the Whalan Stand Still parade on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Whalan Stand Still Parade

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Features

Whalan Mayor Larry Johnson and Grand Marshal for the 2015 Whalan Stand Still parade Katharine (Bell) Redmond who traveled from Pueblo, Colo. to participate in the parade.
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