By Megan Baughman
Mason News staff writer
Jon Droscha, Neal Johnson and Robin C. Naeyaert were voted into Mason’s three open City Council seats, and the recommendation to increase the bid level on purchases and sales also passed with 54 percent of Mason’s voters supporting it.
The bid level, which is set in the City Charter at $7,500, was recommended for an increase to $10,000 because a higher bid level is more reasonable in today’s society. “In today’s world, $10,000 is more reasonable. There are many things the city is going out to bid for that is costing us more to do that then it’s worth being at that threshold,” City Clerk Deborah Cwiertniewicz said prior to the election.
Mason residents may be wondering what this bid increase means for the city. Anything the city of Mason is looking to repair or purchase up to $10,000 would require three quotes, and the best quote would be determined and the contract awarded. “Over $10,000 requires approval from council, so we would go out to bid, have a bid opening, take that to council, and they would approve the bid from there,” Cwiertniewicz said.
According to Cwiertniewicz, the city was not waiting on whether the recommendation was going to pass for any purchases.