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New Law: Paying out claims

Published (4/25/2008)
By Mike Cook
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State help is on the way for an Inver Grove Heights couple to resolve a problem they didn’t create.

Theirs is one of four claims against the state totaling $86,657 that will be paid out, under a law signed April 24 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It is effective April 25, 2008.

In 2004, construction on the home of John and Judy McEachran was quickly halted when debris containing asbestos was unearthed. The debris came from a bridge that was demolished by the Department of Transportation and legally dumped on the site.

Material removal cost approximately $142,000. The Pollution Control Agency contributed $60,000 and the city $15,000. This law pays the remainder. “Payment of the claim is not an admission of liability on the part of the State of Minnesota for these costs,” the law states.

Other claims in the law are:

• $11,905 to Robert Burton for permanent injuries suffered while performing work as an inmate at the Moose Lake correctional facility;

• $3,737 for sentence-to-service claims under $500 each and other claims already paid by the Corrections Department;

• $2,005 from the General Fund and $1,000 from the petroleum tank release cleanup fund to reimburse a Roseville couple for costs related to a mistaken order to search for an unsealed well on their property; and

• $1,005 to Minogheezhig Sandman-Shelifoe for loss of property caused by staff errors at the Rush City correctional facility.

Rep. Dennis Ozment (R-Rosemount) and Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) sponsor the law.


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