Minot City Council chooses not to award local company water treatment chemical bid

The City Council has chosen not to award a bid to a local company to transport water treatment chemicals to the water treatment plant.

Minot's Committee of the Whole passed a recommendation last week to award D R Transport, a Minot-based trucking company, to transport quick-lime, which purifies water to the treatment plant. D R Transport was the second lowest bid with $139 dollars per ton while LHoist North America bid at $129 per ton.

Alderman Mark Jantzer proposed to award the bid to LHoist even though they would transport the chemical by rail.

"Historically, sometimes we've been stung by out of state contractors. I believe the representative from LHoist that his intent is good. They did have the low bid, I think we need to honor that but I hope they follow through," said Lisa Olson, alderman.

The Motion passed with 5 to 2 vote, with Alderman Josh Wolsky and Shannon Straight being the 'no' votes.