From the Northwest Indiana Times:
bidding season on some of the oldest and most lucrative service contracts in
Lake County government.
County Board of Commissioners is shopping for new vendors to perform more than
$38 million in services ranging from insurance for county government employees
to medical and psychiatric care for county jail inmates.
commissioners routinely seek competitive bids on engineering and construction
road, bridge and floodwater-control projects, state law permits them to award
other types of service contracts without shopping around, and they frequently
rehire scores of vendors and consultants with little debate.
the recent passage of the county income tax emboldened some county officials,
including Councilmen Dan Dernulc, R-Highland, and Eldon Strong, R-Crown Point,
to insist all county contracts be put up for bid to avoid wasting public
Commissioner Mike Repay, D-Hammond, said commissioners joined the super-saver
movement last month by insisting the county use competitive bidding to find the
best price to lease or buy an estimated $40 million in E-911 hardware and
commissioners also have been quietly moving toward competitive bidding to find
an administrator for the county's $26 million group insurance program in the
hope of slowing the cost of health care claims.