Vets will get preference on bids

By way of a unanimous vote on June 6, the Chisago County Board approved a veterans business contracting policy which is the first of its kind in Minnesota. The Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Aiding Small Business Contracting Policy allows qualifying businesses owned by or employing veterans to be awarded a 5 percent bid preference in calculating the lowest responsible bidder for awarding county contracts. The policy takes effect on July 1, the same date the amended state statute becomes law.

“Our objective is to recognize the service of those veterans who have served our nation so well,” said Chisago County Board Chair George McMahon.

The policy requires Chisago County to notify and invite veteran-owned and veteran-aiding businesses when soliciting requests for bids, proposals or quotes on county contracts greater than $25,000. Veteran-aiding businesses are defined as those who employ at least 10 percent veterans who have served since September 11, 2001 or have service-connected disabilities from an prior military service.