Monday, February 15, 2010

State asked to look into ND park board's purchase

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) The Bismarck Park Board has asked the state to investigate whether bids should have been sought for a biomass heating system for Bismarck State College's Aquatics and Wellness Center.

The board has expressed concern that longtime Parks and Recreation director Steve Neu should have put the purchase out for bids.

The board voted on separate motions to fire and suspend Neu, but both failed on 2-2 votes. One commissioner was absent.

A call to a number listed for Neu rang unanswered on Saturday.

The $9.4 million aquatics center is being financed by nonprofit Streamline, with the park district leasing the building for 25 years. The park district must also pay for the $600,000 heating system, with some grant money going toward it.

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