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City yet to resolve contract issue with Highways
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Could McMinnville officials be facing a lawsuit over not moving forward with widening N. Chancery Street? No agreement has been reached between the city and Highways Inc. about canceling the original contract.Project engineer Anthony Pelham informed city officials Tuesday night that his prior request for Highways Inc. to send an itemized list of actual damages to justify a $20,000 cancellation fee has received no response.“We have had zero communication with Highways about an itemized list,” he said.Pelham says the only request was one he had already informed the board about — Highways Inc. requested city records from Pelham.“We don’t do that,” he said. “Our records, unlike the city’s, are not open to the public.”“Did we ever get a formal request for that information?” asked Vice Mayor Everett Brock.City administrator David Rutherford says a call was received asking if the information could be obtained.“We told them to send us a list of what was needed, but we never heard anything,” Rutherford said.The city signed a contract with Highways Inc. for widening N. Chancery Street in the amount of $998,000, but a “go ahead” was never given by the city.