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New Law: Bids and drainage authority rules

Published (4/25/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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Rules for contracting bids and drainage authorities are amended, under a new law signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on April 17.

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) and Sen. Rick Olseen (DFL-Harris), the law increases the threshold amounts for the various methods of entering into contracts under the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law and makes related changes to the statute governing drainage authorities.

The threshold amount for sealed bids under the UMCL increases from $50,000 to $100,000, and the maximum amount for using quotations or open market solicitations increases from $10,000 to $25,000.

The law removes the specific dollar amount under which advertising for bids is required for drainage authorities; removes the dollar amount over which the drainage authorities may not levy an assessment for repairs or maintenance; and strikes the specific dollar amount threshold for bids and repair and reconstruction for drainage systems after a disaster. Each provision is tied to the updated UMCL regulations.

The law is effective Aug. 1, 2008.


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