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April 24, 2024

Algonquin Township – Sealed Bid not so sealed Mr. Miller!

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On November 20, 2017

McHenry Co. (ECWd) –

Former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller appears not to understand what “sealed” means.

A receipt from Shaw Media reflects the bid notice for a new street sweeper and it specifically spells out that the bids will be sealed and open in public.

How do we know a bid was received that was not a sealed bid?  Because it was sent electronically at 8:44 am, the morning of the date they were due. (See page 1)

The bid provided electronically also had the Bidding Instructions included that stated: “Bid form must be inserted in an envelope, sealed and marked “Sweeper Bid”. (See page 15)

Clearly, sending a bid by email is not a sealed bid and did not meet the Bidding Instructions provided.

Never mind that it was also the same company that won the bid, who just happens to also be the one that provided the very specifications that were used to solicit the bids.  More on that later!

Oh, wait, did we mention they were also the high bidder?  No, nothing to see here…

Electronic Bid for Sweeper

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  • NiteCat
    Posted at 15:31h, 20 November

    “meat” the Bidding Instructions??? LOL! Love the typo!

  • Kirk Allen
    Posted at 15:35h, 20 November

    Great catch! Thanks! LOL

  • NIU_Prof
    Posted at 23:18h, 20 November

    Looks like they took lessons from Doug Baker at NIU.