We covered this hard in the seven months leading up to the County's eventual response which was a "Workshop" on March 17th, 2014 to deal with the problem. It was reported in the March article:
The nearly million dollar raise was approved by a vote of three to zero. Commissioner Weik, Bearth, and Miron voting yes. Commissioner Kriesel and Bigham were not present.
Also for June 2015, the County Road 10 project in Lake Elmo, $113,630 over budget for "additional milling". Fair to argue the contractor who perhaps underbid to win the job should absorb this 14% project cost increase... not the tax payers who were told the project contract was secured on a low bid process for the best value. Again, what's the point of the Contract if the County doesn't hold contractors to the price? (Approved by a vote of 5 to 0)
Tis the season, here's another June approval. This one for the CSAH 9 and County Road 9 project. The final cost over run for the project was approved on June 9th for a total of $161,952 over budget. (Approved by a vote of 5 to 0)