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Alcona road commission may sue over snowplowing bill

November 28, 2012
Andrew Westrope - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

LINCOLN - The Alcona County Board of Road Commissioners will take Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational School District to small claims court for an unpaid bill for services if AMA does not pay the bill by Friday.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the board said the road commission's snow plows cleared out Sprinkler Lake Education Center three times during Feburary and March 2011, but AMA declined to pay the $460.60 bill for the services because, it claimed, it never requested the services and the bill came too late. Administrative Assistant Marlena MacNeill said the road commission's contract with AMA stipulated the roads be plowed whenever an AMA employee requested it, and the road commission received a call from AMA three times that winter and responded accordingly. She said the AMA employee who used to make those calls recently retired, and neither AMA nor the road commission can confirm who made the calls in 2011.

"They just don't agree that they owe us that money, because they say they didn't authorize us," she said.

Since that winter the board has sent AMA two invoices, a letter terminating their agreement, and two more letters from its attorney, Dave Cook. MacNeill said AMA responded only once, but Cook's last letter, dated Nov. 20, gave the district 10 days to pay or the dispute would go to small claims.

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