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Pechulis - Letter to te editor


Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Travel Expenses

As Mayor of the City of Preston I do my diligence on all pertinent matters before the city council, I am not a rubber-stamp person. I feel the best possible way to find the information is to get personally involved to see both sides of the issue first hand. By getting personally involved you cut out the middle man who maybe biased "for" or "against" the issue, you rely on yourself, not someone else to do your homework for you.

In February I asked the Deputy Clerk for a copy of the city’s Travel Expense policy before I embarked on any city paid trips. To my surprise I was told the city does not have one. When I asked what was covered as business expenses I was told by the Deputy Clerk, all of your hotel expenses, meals, mileage and other necessary travel expenses.

I asked why as a city we do not have a policy to protect the city? The response was that we never had one before. I asked what if a person purchased cocktails on the city credit card, became intoxicated and ran into a school bus of children? The city would be partly liable, we paid for the drinks and there is no policy that says you cannot make that or any other type of purchase. The response was that the city doesn't pay for drinks (which was not stated initially as to what is or not covered by the Deputy Clerk) Lucky for the city I'm not a drinker, but how about someone else?

So, lately as the question before the city council has been over telephone bills acquired on business travel, I have consulted with the city's CPA firm who stated my phone calls were perfectly legal. But he was concerned that the city has no travel expense policy due to the same reasons I stated earlier.

Then I contacted the League of Minnesota Cities. The response was the same. I also spoke with the City Attorney for the City of Preston, and his response was the same. So, if our CPA, League of MN cities, and City Attorney do not have a problem with it then why does the City Council. (Could this be more of a political issue, not an issue of phone calls? We would definitively know if we had a travel expense policy).

On June 16, I spoke with the City Administrator about my conversations in regard to the city not having a travel policy. The reply was do we need a policy for everything? To that I responded only if we want to protect the people of Preston. < .....
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Lanesboro Art Council - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Letter about Art in the Park

On behalf of the Lanesboro Art Council Board of Directors, a big, big "Thank You!" to all those groups and individuals who worked to make the annual Lanesboro tradition, Art in the Park, a huge succe ..... 
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Mensink - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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When my parents lived on an acreage north of Spring Valley, they had a small windmill on their lawn for many years. It was getting a little rusty, but it was a memory of our parents. The building spot has been purchased by a family member and he inte ..... 
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Clausen - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Last weeks Journal had articles addressing Forestville State Park and the proposed bike trail additions. Forestville is in peril of being shut down due to a lack of State funding and new additions to the bike trail are being considered with $950,000 ..... 
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Mioch - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
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Letter from foreign exchange student

My name is Merle Mioch and I’m a German exchange student sponsored by PAX - Program of Academic Exchange. I arrived in Lanesboro last August, and have been staying with the Mensink family and ..... 
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Burt - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jun 6th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about “Operation Shoebox”  I wanted to send a letter of thanks to the community of Fountain and surrounding areas that played a part in any way in “Operation Shoebox”. When I received the box from an unknown person, I ..... 
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