Le Sueur seeks lawsuit over unpaid utilities 24 Feb 12

Le Sueur city officials have decided not to pick up the tab for a local business’s overdue bills worth over $27,000.

The Le Sueur City Council last week voted to seek civil action against Shawn and Lindsay Kluver of Kluver Custom Wood products.

Shawn Kluver allegedly applied for city utility services on Sept. 1, 2010, but has failed to pay for over $23,000 in services since the application. Kluver also has unpaid invoices for a building permit and a fire protection service fee.

A complaint drafted by City Attorney Todd Coryell calls for the Kluvers to pay the city a total of $27,363.60 in damages plus any additional interest accrued, attorneys’ fees, costs and disbursement. Coryell estimated it will cost the city $560 to file the suit, plus attorney fees ranging from $300 to $2,000 depending upon the Kluvers’ response and if the matter goes to trial.

Le Sueur Electric Utility Director Greg Drent told the council the city had agreed on a payment plan with the Kluvers, but the Kluvers stopped making consistent payments to the city in October 2011. The city shut off power to the facility on Nov. 29.

Mayor Bob Oberle said it could be a waste of city dollars to pursue the matter in court, but the city has little alternative.