Tuesday night, the Cohasset City Council awarded the bid for Industrial Park Phase 2 to Hammerlund Construction, despite an accusation from Casper Construction that Hammerlund violated the “Responsible Contractor” statute.
Prior to the council meeting, the city received an affidavit from a former Hammerlund employee who claimed Hammerlund did not pay fringe benefits under the prevailing wage statue. The city also received a letter from the attorney representing Hammerlund, along with a letter from the Minnesota Fringe Benefits Fund stating Hammerlund is current with all payments, including fringe benefits and promissory note payments.
Cohasset City Attorney John Licke told the council they weren’t expected to be judge and jury.
On a vote of 4-1, Tim Carlson dissenting, the vote passed. Hammerlund did submit the lowest bid at $2,889,000.00.
The council approved a Project Labor Agreement for the project before awarding the bid.