GRANITE FALLS — The owner a building materials company has accused a Hanley Falls Museum board and Yellow Medicine County of breaking the law during the bidding process for a roofing project.
The YMC Board on Tuesday heard the complaint from The Saw Mill owner Mike Richter regarding the dispensation of the contract for the roof materials for the Minnesota Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls.
Richter, accompanied by his lawyer, Greg Holmes of Granite Falls, asked why government protocol regarding bid letting wasn’t followed when the museum board requested quotes for materials to replace the museum’s roof, which is a county-owned facility. The museum granted the bid to Wood Lake Lumber.
Richter said his bid for the project was less and should have been the one accepted during the museum’s bid opening meeting.
“Why didn’t it go to the lowest bidder?” Richter asked.
Commissioner Greg Renneke explained to Richter the county board heard the museum board’s request for money to help replace the roof. As the county board has done with the YMC Fairgrounds, the county board voted to give the museum board $85,000 toward the repair or replacement of the roof. Renneke said the cost of the project was expected to run as high as $100,000 and the museum would have to come up with the difference. Contractor: Roof repair bid process for Hanley Falls museum broke law | News, Sports, Jobs – Marshall Independent