11/17/15 – 4:56 A.M.
A proposed shelter house was the center of controversy at the Arlington Village Council meeting Monday night. The Courier reports the dispute was over how price quotes to build a new shelter were received. Some council members wondered if construction firms gained an advantage by putting in their bids after other estimates had already been turned in.
The estimated cost is $49,820. Because the price is below $50,000; it doesn’t need a formal bidding process. Councilman Brian Essinger called the process, “bull crap.” Mayor Ed Solt took issue with Essinger questioning his honesty. Councilman Tom Blunk said the Parks and Recreation Committee will review the issue.
Bids for the project were between $38,000 and $49,000 depending on the scope of work. The village is expecting to get a grant from the Hancock Park District to help pay for the project.
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